SilkAir has signed a five-year exclusive pilot
training agreement with Boeing.
Under the agreement, Boeing Flight
Services, a unit of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, will
provide flight training at Boeing's Singapore training campus for
the airline's new 737 fleet.
"SilkAir pilots will soon train with the most
experienced 737 instructors," said Leslie Thng, SilkAir Chief
Executive. "The experience and expertise at Boeing will ensure a
smooth transition when we take delivery of our first new 737 next
In November 2012,
SilkAir finalized an order for
23 Next-Generation 737-800s and 31 737 MAX 8s, the largest order
in the airline's history.
The 2012 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, a
respected industry forecast of required aviation personnel, cites
a demand for 185,600 new commercial airline pilots and 243,500 new
technicians in the Asia Pacific region through 2030. The South
East Asia region, which includes Singapore, will require 51,500
pilots and 67,400 technicians.
SilkAir is a full-service airline and the
regional wing of Singapore Airlines. SilkAir currently flies more
than 300 flights a week to 42 destinations across 12 countries.
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