Boeing is enhancing its flight training support
for customers of the 787 Dreamliner with an additional 787
full-flight simulator at the Boeing Flight Services campus in
The new device will be ready for training in the
first quarter of 2014 and will join two other 787 flight
simulators currently used for training airline pilots in London.
The third 787 simulator at the London Gatwick
campus will expand Boeing capabilities in support of the growing
needs of customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East who are
taking deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner.
“Boeing is working
hard to provide superior support and give every competitive
advantage to our 787 customers around the world as they introduce
this revolutionary new airplane to their fleets,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services. “By providing
new, world-class resources closer to where our customers do
business, we’re delivering the Boeing Edge -- the highest quality,
best value training and the expertise to back it up.”
Boeing launched European 787 training in London in October 2010
with an advanced suite of training devices including a full-flight
simulator, a flight training device, a cabin safety trainer and
maintenance training classrooms.
In January 2013, to better
support customer training needs in Europe, Boeing installed a
second 787 full-flight simulator at the London Gatwick campus.
“The exciting addition of the Dreamliner means that our
training needs will grow along with our new fleet,” said Capt. Graham Stokes, head of Flight Operations Training and Standards,
Virgin Atlantic Airways. “Virgin's 787 flight training started
last year with Boeing at their London Gatwick campus, preparing
our pilots to bring the Virgin Atlantic 787 customer experience to
life. The introduction of a third 787 simulator near to Virgin's
base is therefore welcome and will further underwrite Boeing's
commitment to the successful introduction and operation of this
ground-breaking new aircraft.”
The new training suite will include a third 787
full-flight simulator and an additional 787 fixed-base flight
“Thomson Airways recently commenced
787 long haul flights, and as more 787s are delivered, pilot
initial and recurrent training remains a priority,” said Capt.
John Murphy, director of Flight Operations, Thomson Airways, the
UK airline of TUI Travel PLC. “As the launch customer for the
Dreamliner in the UK, Belgium, Holland and Sweden, TUI Travel
considers the 787 to be an integral part of our modernization
program. Having additional 787 simulator capacity in Europe to
support these needs is a welcome announcement from Boeing.”
Boeing Flight Services, a business unit of Commercial Aviation
Services, operates a geographically diverse network of 787 training suites in London, Singapore and Shanghai and has recently
located two 787 full-flight simulators at the Flight Services
campus in Miami.
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