BAA Training, one of the biggest independent aviation training centres in Europe and part of Avia Solutions Group, is to expand its fleet of full flight simulators with six additional units in Europe and Asia at an estimated cost of €60m.
“Working closely with our partner airlines, we witness the growing need for the training capabilities,” said Egle Vaitkeviciute, CEO at BAA Training.
“At the moment, we can see that the current training capacity at airlines is filled with existing pilot training, creating a lack of full flight simulators to prepare new pilots.”
BAA Training headquarters in Lithuania will add two additional full flight simulators in 2019 for Airbus A320ceo and Boeing737NG. In addition, the BAA Training will also develop a facility in Rome, Italy, where two full flight simulators, again Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737NG, are planned to be added in 2019-2020.
“There are about 100 airlines flying to Rome making it an air travel hub,” said Vaitkeviciute.
“Operating two full flight simulators of most popular aircraft types would allow us to create a synergy with airlines, turning Rome not only into a destination location, but also a convenient pilot training location, this way helping our partners to cut back on time and expense.”
BAA Training is also looking at south-east Asia and China where the airline fleet is forecast to nearly triple over the next 20 years.
BAA Training Vietnam was established last year in Ho Chi Minh city and is about to open a brand new training centre with the first Airbus A320 full flight simulator at the beginning of the autumn and a second Airbus A320neo later in 2019.
The company is also about to sign a new joint venture to establish BAA Training China in Henan province. It will have six full flight simulators starting with Airbus A320 and Boeing 737NG by the second quarter of 2020.