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Singapore Airlines considers closing Flying College

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) is considering closing the Singapore Flying College – its 27-year-old flying school in Seletar – as part of a review of its pilot training programme, sources have told The Straits Times.

One option being considered is to move its training operations to Malaysia, where airspace is less tight and operating costs are lower.

As part of the review, SIA is also understood to be considering the feasibility of farming out some of the training to third-party providers.

The airline takes about three years to train cadets at its facilities in Singapore and Perth, Australia, putting them through ground school, solo flying in a light aircraft and simulator training. The initial training is done at the Singapore Flying College, after which the cadets head off to Jandakot, Perth.

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