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OAA expands partnership with Norwegian in five-year deal

The new OAA deal provides world-class training facilities at their Oslo Training Centre

Oxford Aviation Academy (OAA) has announced a new five-year training services and support agreement with Scandinavia’s leading low-cost airline, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (“Norwegian”).

This dedicated training solution provides world-class training facilities at OAA’s Oslo Training Centre and has been specifically tailored to meet Norwegian’s expanding training requirements up until 2016.

In support of this significant and expanding partnership with Norwegian, OAA has commissioned the construction of a dedicated three classroom facility solely for use by the low-cost carrier in Oslo and plans to acquire a brand new B737-800(W) Full Flight Simulator (FSS), also to be based at Oslo. The new simulator is expected to be certified to JAR FSTD (A) level D approval and fully operational by the third quarter 2012.

These significant upgrades at Oslo further build on OAA’s 9-year relationship with Norwegian and will contribute towards achieving the carrier’s growth objectives in a very convenient “on airport” location over the next 5 years.

Additional B737 simulator and training capacity will also be made available to Norwegian through OAA’s other training centres, including those most conveniently located in Stockholm and Copenhagen. Furthermore OAA group company, Parc Aviation, continues to support Norwegian through the provision of pilot recruitment and resourcing services to operate the carrier’s expanding fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft from bases throughout Scandinavia.

Captain Stig Larsen, Norwegian’s Head of Training commented Norwegian Air Shuttle is indeed pleased to announce the development of our relationship with OAA. Following a critical and thorough “make-or-buy” decision, we are very satisfied with the tailor-made solutions offered by OAA at its various centres which are ideally located to serve Norwegian’s network of bases.”

Mike Humphreys, OAA’s Managing Director for Type Training added “We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the service, equipment and facilities they require at locations that suit their operational needs. We are therefore delighted that Norwegian has decided to outsource their simulator based training to Oxford Aviation Academy. We very much look forward to working with Norwegian over the coming years and continuing to support their successful growth.”