Qantas has invested Au$23m in new training equipment as it prepares for the arrival of the first of eight Boeing 787-9s at the end of next year.
This latest investment includes a new flight simulator, complementing the unit already in use with wholly-owned low-cost subsidiary Jetstar Airways in Melbourne, as well as other training equipment which will be installed at the airline’s flight training centre at Mascot, Sydney.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “The Dreamliner represents a new chapter for Qantas. From mid-2017 the centre will be used to train a new generation of Qantas pilots on the next-generation airliner. The 787-9 will be the first new major aircraft type introduced into the Qantas’ fleet since we started flying the Airbus A380 in 2008, and it will provide us with the ability to replace older, less efficient aircraft as well as deliver potential new routes.”
Australia’s flag carrier had previously announced plans to recruit 170 pilots between now and 2020 as part of its Dreamliner programme. This is in addition to retraining some of its existing pilots to fly the new aircraft.