SIA, Airbus start work on new training centre

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Construction of the joint Singapore Airlines and Airbus pilot training centre is now underway.

The Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC), which is located at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park, is due to open in the first quarter of 2016 and will offer pilot training for all Airbus aircraft types.

AATC will feature eight full flight simulators
AATC will feature eight full flight simulators

Covering 9,250m², the facility will feature eight full flight simulators, including four for the A350, two for the A320 and one each for the A330 and A380. It will also feature extensive classroom space and will be able to handle approximately 10,000 students per year. The centre will also provide employment for 50 instructors and 25 support staff.

“AATC is a true win-win partnership for Singapore Airlines and Airbus,” said SIA’s senior vice president of flight operations, Captain Gerard Yeap.

“With demand for air travel forecast to continue growing strongly in the Asia Pacific region, AATC will be a centre of excellence that will help the industry keep pace with training requirements, while also enhancing Singapore’s position as a leading aviation hub.”

The AATC will become Airbus’ fourth flight training centre, following existing facilities in Toulouse, Miami and Beijing.

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