FlightSafety Boeing (FSB) has agreed a wide-ranging pilot training deal with Asiana Airlines and is in talks to establish a major centre in South Korea to train pilots from other Asian countries. Asiana confirms the FSB agreement, which covers simulator training for new and existing pilots, took effect from the start of this month. But the carrier will not provide additional details, pending a formal announcement.

The agreement is FSB's second in South Korea, the first being with national carrier Korean Air (KAL). That deal, signed in 1999 to cover everything from simulator training for new line pilots to recurrent training of veteran aircrew, has recently been extended. The agreement was key to KAL'sstrategy to improve safety following several fatal accidents.

FSB is planning a major centre in South Korea next year to train pilots from Korea and other Asian nations, says South Korea's construction and transportation ministry, adding that FSB may invest $87 million in the country.

Source: Flight International