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Airbus Asia Training Center Expands

Adds 4th A350 FFS in Continued Growth to Address Asian Airline Training Demand

The Airbus Asia Training Centre has completed the installation of its 4th A350 Full Flight Simulator (FFS). Now that it's ready for action the center boasts the greatest A350 simulator capacity than any other training facility on Earth. 

The expansion of their services positions the Singaporean center as the largest Airbus-run training spot in the world, and true to its status it offers the greatest number variety of the manufacturer's aircraft. The majority of the Airbus portfolio is included, with multiples of A320s, A330s, and A350s available for high student throughput. The center even offers an A380 and ATR 72-600 sim.

The training center, while run by Airbus, is only partially owned by the company, being 45% owned by its partner Singapore Airlines. Since opening in 2016, it has built up a customer base of nearly 70 airline customers, with a stated capacity for student type ratings and recurrent training for up to 10,000 trainees every year. 

Singapore's purchase of the A350 sim is well placed, with nearly 60 of the type poised to begin service within month's end. Aside from its passenger aircraft, the airline will begin operations with 7 of the A350F freighter variant, a number that will in all likelihood prove to be the start of many more if the cargo market continues its record growth. The center's growth is a high profile example of the focus on the Asian aviation market, according to Airbus senior VP of training and flight ops Valerie Manning.

“The Asia-Pacific region has traditionally been the largest market for Airbus widebody aircraft. This has been further confirmed with the success of the A350 which is now flying with 16 airlines from the region. Our joint investment with SIA to offer comprehensive flight crew training services nearer to the home bases of airlines in the region has been extremely well received. We are pleased to continue our successful partnership at AATC,” said Manning.

FMI: www.airbus.com

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