SIA cuts pilot training time, closes one Australia facility
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has cut pilot training time by three months and will close one of its two facilities in Australia.
Instead of 90 weeks, cadets will undergo a 78-week course - in Singapore and at SIA's Jandakot facility in Perth.
The school in Maroochydore, Queensland, which opened in 2002, will be shut down next March, said SIA spokesman Nicholas Ionides.
The changes reflect developments in training technology and procedures, he added.
THEN: 90 WEEKS
A cadet spent 34 weeks in Singapore, 44 in Perth and 12 weeks in Queensland.
NOW: 78 WEEKS
Queensland training now redundant as high-tech training devices can replicate realistic operational scenarios.