Serves AirTran, Midwest And Boeing Business
Alteon Training a Boeing subsidiary,
officially opened its brand new $75 million aviation-training
center last week on land owned by the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta
The newest Alteon training center in the southeastern United States
is situated on six acres in the city of College Park. The
52,000-sq. ft. facility will initially employ 15 full-time
positions and can accommodate up to 200 trainees per day,
comprising pilots, maintenance technicians, and cabin crews.
The Alteon Atlanta Training Center will initially serve AirTran
Airways, Midwest Airlines, and Boeing Business Jet operators in the
two-story building. The facility can house six full-flight
simulators and associated training activities. The equipment
installed at the center includes two Boeing 717-200 and one
737-700/-800 full-flight simulators. A third Boeing 717-200
simulator is currently operating at another facility in Atlanta and
will be moved to the new center later this year. All simulators are
certified to FAA Level "D" standards, which is the highest level of
certification for Pilot Simulation Training.
"The opening of the Atlanta Training Center is part of the
company's global expansion strategy of establishing a worldwide
network of training centers. Our commitment is to provide
customer-focused solutions and cost effective quality training to
support airline operators world-wide," said Pat Gaines, president
of Alteon. "We are consistently increasing training value by
placing our training centers at locations that support our
customers' operational needs."
The state-of-the-art facility will provide pilot training,
aircraft maintenance training, advanced technology training
devices, and learning tools including workstations equipped with
self-guided computer-based training, allowing students to progress
at their own pace.
Alteon Training is supporting the expansion plans of AirTran
Airways by focusing on meeting the training needs of the
"The opening of this training center marks a major milestone for
our airline," said AirTran Airways Chairman and CEO Joe Leonard.
"For the first time in our company's 10-year history, we now have
all our pilot training Crew Members and equipment in the same
facility. Our pilots will receive the best training with the newest
Attending today's event were the Honorable Shirley Franklin,
Mayor of Atlanta; Honorable Jack Longino, Mayor of College Park;
William "Bill" Edwards, Fulton County District 7 Commissioner; Ben
DeCosta, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport General
Manager; and representatives and guests of Alteon and its project
developer and construction firms, ABG Atlanta L.L.C. and Southern
"I am delighted that one of the world's top flight training
centers is located in South Fulton County," said District 7
Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards. "Alteon's solid reputation for
excellence and its presence will have a positive impact on our
economy as its staff and visitors enjoy the amenities in the Old
National Highway community."
Fulton County Economic Development officials, Atlanta airport
officials, and the cities of Atlanta and College Park led the
successful recruitment effort that ultimately resulted in Alteon's
decision to locate the aviation training facility project in
"Alteon Training Center is a fine example of the outcome of
government and the private sector working together," said College
Park Mayor Jack Longino.
Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta hailed the facility as a
symbol of Hartsfield-Jackson's commitment to economic development
partnerships with neighboring jurisdictions, such as South Fulton
and Clayton counties and College Park. "Alteon's flight training
center is a welcome addition to the South Fulton County landscape,"
said DeCosta. "The decision to locate the $75 million facility in
College Park is a reflection of the Airport area's ability to
attract both customer-oriented and high-tech corporations such as
"Midwest Airlines is proud to be an anchor customer for Alteon's
new training facility," said Thomas J. Irwin, vice president of
Flight Operations for Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines. "The
Atlanta location brings Alteon's most advanced flight crew training
closer to our pilots, helping maximize training time and minimize
travel time. This is especially advantageous as we continue to add
Boeing 717s to the Midwest fleet."
Alteon Training is the world's premier aviation training partner
and the industry leader in providing customer-focused aviation
training solutions. The company is able to provide customers an
expanding and integrated services portfolio that includes flight,
technical and cabin-crew training, and training materials.
Alteon is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company within
Boeing Commercial Airplanes' Commercial Aviation Services group.
The training organization supports the world's aviation community
with more than 70 full flight simulators in 20 locations around the