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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Boeing to Increase Flight Training Support in Asia Pacific

By Woodrow Bellamy III

During the World Aviation Training Symposium in Orlando on Tuesday, Boeing announced plans to increase its flight training support for airlines based in the Asia Pacific. The company will be adding and repositioning a number of its flight training devices within its global network to support airlines in Europe and the Americas as well. 
(Flight training in a Boeing Next-Generation 737 full-flight simulator. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.)
Boeing Flight Services is adding two full-flight simulators, a 777 FFS and a Next-Generation 737 FFS, at its Singapore training campus. The simulators are expected to be ready for training by early 2014, as airlines in the region continue to take deliveries of new Boeing 737s, an aircraft that has seen increased demand in the Asia-Pacific. 
In Europe, a new 787 full-flight simulator was recently added to the company's London Gatwick campus. Boeing also recently re-located two 787 simulators to its training facility in Miami. 
"The urgent need for competent aviation personnel is a global issue, but it's hitting the Asia Pacific region particularly hard. These new and strategically redeployed flight training devices are part of Boeing's ongoing commitment to meet the growing needs of the industry and our customers around the world," said Bob Bellitto, global sales director for Boeing Flight Services. 

In its 2012 pilot and technician outlook, Boeing projected a need for 185,600 new pilots in the Asia Pacific region by 2030. The company also predicted that the Asia-Pacific region would take delivery of more than 12,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years.  

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