Lufthansa’s pilot training division is to install a Boeing 777 simulator at its Berlin facility next year in order to support the development of the airline’s new joint-venture carrier AeroLogic.

AeroLogic is to use a fleet of 777 freighters when it begins operating from Leipzig-Halle Airport next year. The simulator will be put in place by July 2009.

“Berlin can be reached very quickly from our home airport,” says AeroLogic flight operations head Thomas Papke. “This favourable location has a positive effect on our crew productivity.”

Lufthansa Flight Training has not disclosed which manufacturer will supply the simulator.

But the company’s vice-president of marketing Frank Berweger says: “By firmly reserving the necessary capacity to satisfy this training requirement well in advance, we are giving AeroLogic maximum planning security.”

AeroLogic, in which Lufthansa is participating equally with DHL Express, plans to have a fleet of 11 777 freighters with the first four aircraft arriving next year.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news

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