Boeing to provide pilot training to SilkAir

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Boeing and Singapore Airlines' regional carrier SilkAir have signed a five-year pilot training agreement to support SilkAir's fleet transition to Boeing aircraft.

The announcement comes after SilkAir finalised an order in November 2012 for 23 Boeing 737-800s and 31 Boeing 737 Max 8s.

Boeing Flight Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, will provide flight training at Boeing's Singapore training campus for the airline's new 737 fleet.

The Asia-Pacific will require 185,600 new commercial airline pilots and 243,500 new technicians through 2030, the 2012 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook shows.

The Southeast Asia region alone, which includes Singapore, will require 51,500 pilots and 67,400 technicians.