Singapore Airlines (SIA) is setting up a second pilot training school, while strengthening Singapore’s position as a center for aviation training in the region.
The plan is to partner CAE Inc, – Canadian manufacturer of simulation technologies, modelling technologies and training services to airlines, – to set up a new flight school in a 50:50 deal.
Initially, SIA will transfer four of its full-flight Boeing aircraft simulators to the venture, while additional CAE-built training equipment will be acquired progressively.
CAE said – in its forecast – that up to 255,000 new pilots will be needed over the coming decade.
The new initiative “is in line with our push to drive revenue-generation from new adjacent businesses” said SIA’s chief executive Goh Choon Phong.
SIA opened its first pilot training school in 2016, at Seletar Aerospace Park, in a joint venture with Airbus. When fully operational by 2019, the 9,250 sq m facility will be Airbus’ biggest training centre.