Boeing’s Alteon subsidiary has announced its first location for a 787 simulator base, with a Toyko training centre to be established with launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA).

Alteon will locate a 787 full-flight simulator and other equipment in ANA’s Haneda training centre, to be ready for use by the first quarter of 2008.

Alteon awarded Thales a contract in June to supply an initial six suites of 787 training equipment, including Level D simulators, with deliveries to begin in 2007. The first devices are likely to be installed at Alteon’s training centre in Renton, Washington, close to the 787 final assembly line.

The Tokyo location will primarily serve ANA, which has 50 Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-powered 787-3s and -8s on firm order for delivery beginning in 2008,but will provide “other 787 operators in the region with the opportunity to train closer to their home base”, says Alteon president Pat Gaines.

Alteon has also opened a Buenos Aires training centre with Aerolineas Argentinas, after moving a Level D Boeing 737-300/500 simulator to a joint location near Ezeiza airport.

Source: Flight International