Air New Zealand to train Air Niugini engineers

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Air New Zealand Aviation Institute will provide European Aviation Safety Agency's B1.1 and B2 basic aircraft maintenance training and on-job training to Papua New Guinea's Air Niugini for a decade.

The first two-year phase of the four-year programme will provide training on a Part 147 basic maintenance course approved by the EASA, says the institute. It has already received an intake of 12 Air Niugini trainees.

The second phase will include two years of on-the-job training with EASA Part 145 approved organisations namely the technical operations divisions of Air New Zealand and Air Nelson.

During these job postings, trainees will be involved in MRO operations to gain the experience required to support a B1.1 or B2 licence application.

They will build type experience on both Boeing 737NG and Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 aircraft, both of which are flown by Air Niugini.

The second group of trainees will join the programme in February 2013 and regular intakes are planned for the remainder of the agreement's term.