China's Xiamen Airlines has awarded a pilot training contract to ST Aerospace Academy (STAA).
Under the deal, the Chinese carrier will send 30 of its cadet pilots to STAA to undergo a commercial pilot licence with instrument rating programme, says ST Aero. This will be followed by the high performance aircraft training (HPAT) course.
The first batch of 30 cadet pilots will begin flight training in March 2013 at STAA's flying school in Ballarat, Australia. STAA expects to raise the intake to at least 50 in the later batches.
The HPAT course will help cadet pilots to transition from handling low-power single engined and multi-engined aircraft used in basic training to multi-turbo engined aircraft as an intermediary transition to aircraft that are operated by commercial airlines.
STAA's HPAT programme is the only one in the region where all flights are conducted on international air routes, adds ST Aero.