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SIA, Airbus may tie up for pilot training programme

Collaboration said to be in response to soaring regional demand for pilots

Published on Feb 12, 2014 8:21 AM
 
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is likely to offer pilot training to other carriers in collaboration with European planemaker Airbus. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is likely to offer pilot training to other carriers in collaboration with European planemaker Airbus.

The Straits Times understands that the two have plans to enter into a partnership to tap soaring demand for pilots, especially in Asia. This could involve setting up a joint-venture firm, industry players said.

When asked if there were plans to offer third-party pilot training in a tie-up with Airbus, SIA spokesman Nicholas Ionides said: "We are planning an announcement tomorrow, details of which will be revealed in the morning."

SIA's flight school, the Singapore Flying College, currently trains pilots from the group and also accepts individuals paying their own way.

 
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