Boeing has expanded its Flight Services business in China, enhancing training capacity for airlines in the region.
The airframer has set up a Boeing 787 training suite for pilot and maintenance training and installed a Boeing 747-400 full-flight simulator at its Shanghai training campus.
The new equipment adds to the existing 757/767 full-flight simulator at the facility, adds Boeing.
Staff from Air China, China Cargo and Yangtze River Express have completed the 747-400 training, while others from Hainan Airlines have been trained on the 787.
Boeing's Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that the largest demand for global pilots and maintenance technicians will be in the Asia-Pacific region. It expects China's requirement to lead the region's demand, with a need for 72,000 new commercial airline pilots and more than 108,000 maintenance technicians over the next 20 years.
"China is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic aviation markets in the world, and Boeing is committed to giving the Chinese airlines the competitive advantage they need to succeed as they grow," says Sherry Carbary, vice-president of Boeing Flight Services.