Garuda seeks partner for 737-800 simulator centre

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Garuda Indonesia is seeking a partner to invest in and manage a Boeing 737-800 full-flight simulator and training centre.

The carrier has placed an ad in select newspapers asking for "qualified institutions or companies to become an investor and strategic partner in managing and operating a 737-800 full-flight simulator and training centre to be located in Jakarta."

Garuda already has a training centre with a Boeing 737-300/400 simulator but in recent years it has been adding 737-800s to its fleet and sending pilots overseas to training centres in, for example, Singapore.

The airline says the partner will be required to provide the 737-800 simulator, working capital and all the necessary facilities and infrastructure to make the training centre functional.

"In return Garuda will be the primary customer of the training centre and the airline will have an option for shareholding in the joint venture company," it adds.

Garuda president Emirsyah Satar tells ATI that pilot shortage remains a problem in Indonesia.

The shortage of trained pilots explains why Garuda has failed to expand the fleet of its low-cost carrier Citilink, he says.