Fiji Airways has broken ground on a new $45 million aviation training facility that will house two simulators and also provide ab initio training.

The Fiji Aviation Academy is based in Nadi and expected to open in 2019. It will house the airline’s Boeing 737 Max 8 and Airbus A330 simulators that have been ordered from CAE, and will expand into full ab initio training later on.

Besides training pilots for Fiji Airways, the centre will cater to third parties, especially with the simulators. The airline adds that it has allocated space for a third simulator bay for future expansion opportunities.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Fiji Airways operates a fleet of five Boeing 737NGs and four A330s. It has also signed a tentative order for five 737 Max 8s, scheduled for delivery in 2018 and 2019.

Source: Cirium Dashboard