Airbus and Thailandís Civil Aviation Training
Center (CATC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday to
work together on projects to develop and implement maintenance
training and pilot training courses in the country.
already started working with the CATC on basic maintenance training courses,
and this could be expanded to include additional maintenance
courses as well as ab initio flight training courses for pilots.
The goal is to support the development of the
countryís aviation industry by helping to ensure that there is a
steady supply of pilots, engineers and mechanics for Thailandís
airlines and MRO centres.
Airbus has forecast a demand for 220,000 new
pilots and more than 260,000 new technicians in the Asia-Pacific
region over the next 20 years.
Rear Admiral Piya Atmungkun, President, Civil
Aviation Training Center, said: ďWe are pleased to sign this MOU
and deepen our strong relationship with Airbus in the areas of
maintenance training and ab initio pilot training. The combination
of Airbusí world-class expertise and the CATCís understanding of
the requirements of Thailandís aviation industry means that this
has the potential to become a highly successful and long-standing
Airbus and Thailand deepened their long-standing
in June 2018, when the company signed an agreement with Thai
work on an MRO joint venture at U-Tapao International Airport near
When fully operational, the facility which will be one of the most
modern and extensive in the Asia Pacific region, will offer heavy
maintenance and line services for all widebody aircraft types,
specialised repair shops including for composite structures, as
well as a maintenance training centre offering extensive courses
for technical personnel from Thailand and overseas.
ďWe are pleased to sign this MOU with the CATC,
which is Thailandís leading aviation training institute. Thailand
is an important partner for Airbus, as well as one of the fastest
growing aviation markets in the region. This allows us to work
together to provide the highest levels of training needed to meet
the increasing need for qualified aviation professionals in the
country,Ē said Jean-Francois Laval, Executive Vice President,