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Economy January 29, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

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AIRBUS, THAI CENTRE TO WORK ON PILOT, MAINTENANCE TRAINING



Airbus and Thailand’s Civil Aviation Training Centre (CATC) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to develop and implement maintenance training and pilot training courses in the country.

Under the agreement, Airbus and the CATC will identify areas to develop their cooperation to train aviation professionals in the country. Airbus has begun working with the CATC on basic maintenance training courses, and this could be expanded to include additional maintenance courses as well as extensive flight training courses for pilots. 

The goal is to support the development of the country’s aviation industry by helping to ensure a steady supply of pilots, engineers and mechanics for Thailand’s airlines and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centres.

Airbus has forecast a demand for 220,000 new pilots and more than 260,000 new technicians in the Asia-Pacific region over the next 20 years. 

“Thailand is an important partner for Airbus, as well as one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the region,” said Jean-Francois Laval, executive vice president, Asia, for Airbus. “This allows us to work together to provide the highest levels of training needed to meet the increasing need for qualified aviation professionals in the country.”