27 November 2015

Singapore Airlines will train up to 100 A350 pilots in 4 months.

Singapore Airlines will start pilot training for the Airbus A350 from December, ahead of the delivery of its first plane in January/2016.

Source: Alexander Hassenstein

Up to 100 pilots will be trained within the first 3 to 4 months, said the airline, which has ordered 67 A350s, including 7 of the ultra-long-range variant that will fly non-stop from Singapore to the United States.

Typically, it takes about 10 days for a pilot currently flying an Airbus jet to be ready to handle an A350.

Source: Alexander Hassenstein

Conversion for pilots on the Boeing fleet requires about 25 days.

The training for Singapore Airlines pilots will be conducted at the Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) - a pilot school jointly owned by the carrier and the European plane maker.

Source: Alexander Hassenstein

The facility, currently operating out of SIA's training centre near Changi Airport, will move to its new premises at Seletar Aerospace Park in the first quarter of next year.

It will eventually have 8 full flight simulators, including 3 A350s (1 available as of today).

Based on the article “SIA to start training Airbus 350 pilots here” published in The Straits Times.

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