Boeing subsidiary Alteon is to boost its presence in the Asia-Pacific by expanding its technical training partnership with Singapore-based Mil-Com Aerospace to cover other markets.

Alteon and Mil-Com say at least five aircraft technical-training centres will be set up in China and Asia Pacific within two years.

The first will be at Tianjin in China and is due to open by June. Mil-Com, which specialises in aircraft maintenance and technical training, has forged an alliance with the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) to set up an aerospace training centre at its Tianjin campus. CAUC is a subsidiary of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. "The market for aerospace training in China is enormous," says Mil-Com president and chief executive Diana Young.

"Universities and technical colleges provide general and academic aeronautical programmes. Aviation regulations require engineers and technicians to be trained on specific aircraft models before they can do any work on them. We have the capability to provide this kind of aircraft-specific training."

Two years ago Mil-Com and Alteon agreed to set up a centre in Singapore to provide aircraft technical training, and more than 10 specialised technical courses on maintenance of various Boeing aircraft types are being offered by Mil-Com.

Source: Flight International