Hawaiian Airlines is now using a Sim-Industries flight simulator at its Honolulu headquarters to train its pilots who fly the company's Airbus A330 aircraft, the airline announces.
The simulator will save the company roughly $3.6 million annually by allowing pilots to be trained in-house rather than at third-party facilities in Florida, according to a media release from the Honolulu-based airline.
"This means that Hawaiian Airlines' pilots can now complete their qualification at our facilities here in Honolulu, and our company can manage our costs as we continue to expand our business and sustain our position as a world-class airline," says Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and chief executive, in the release.
The company invested millions of dollars in the simulator, which it says has cutting-edge, three-dimensional display technology that can accurately simulate various emergency scenarios and weather conditions.
The airline says construction has started on a new facility that will house the simulator and have classroom space and offices for instructors and pilots.
About 250 newly-hired and current pilots will use the simulator this year, the airline says.
Hawaiian has 13 A330s in its fleet and expects to take delivery of nine more by 2015.
Sim-Industries is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.