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Boeing, Vietnam Airlines sign pilot training agreement

Released at: 16:39, 27/07/2015

Boeing, Vietnam Airlines sign pilot training agreement

Boeing to train Vietnam Airlines' pilots to fly Dreamliners in five-year deal.

by Quoc Tran

Boeing and Vietnam Airlines have announced a five-year exclusive pilot training agreement to support the carrier’s fleet of 787 Dreamliners.

Boeing Flight Services, a business unit of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, will provide flight training for Vietnam Airline's new 787 Dreamliner fleet at Boeing's Singapore training campus. Nearly 90 pilots are expected to undergo training this year. "With Boeing's experience and expertise we are confident that we will have a smooth entry into service with the training and operational support they provide," said Mr. Phan Xuan Duc, Executive Vice President of Vietnam Airlines. "This expanding cooperation will not only strengthen the relationship between Vietnam Airlines and Boeing but also provide Vietnam Airlines with the capacity to master state-of-the-art technologies and enable Vietnamese pilots to fly the most modern aircraft in the world."

"We are very pleased to provide the industry's best flight training to Vietnam Airlines as they take a very exciting step in expanding their Boeing fleet," said Ms. Sherry Carbary, Vice President of Boeing Flight Services. "This is just one way we are giving airlines a competitive edge, by creating tailored training solutions so they can focus on what really matters - keeping pilots and airplanes flying revenue flights."

The 2015 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel demand closely tied to projections for new airplane deliveries around the globe, projects a requirement for 226,000 new commercial airline pilots and 238,000 new technicians in the Asia-Pacific region to 2034. This regional demand is forecasted to be more than in North America and Europe combined. As with personnel demand, the Asian region also leads demand for new commercial aircraft deliveries over the next 20 years, with 14,330 new aircraft needed by 2034, according to Boeing's 2015 Current Market Outlook.

Vietnam Airlines, the country’s national flag carrier, operates more than 360 daily flights with its young fleet of modern aircraft.

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