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Air New Zealand to establish Aviation Academy

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Air New Zealand is to establish an aviation academy to develop and nurture home-grown pilots, cabin crew, engineers and specialist airline management staff.

Air New Zealand General Manager Airline Operations and Safety Captain David Morgan said, "The academy will form the basis of Air New Zealand's long-term commitment to continuing to build a world-leading airline through a highly skilled and motivated workforce which sees real career prospects and a future in New Zealand."

"We already operate a very successful training school offering engineering, tourism and travel programmes. This is an opportunity for us to build on that and create in New Zealand an internationally-recognised and accredited aviation academy that will meet the future needs of Air New Zealand and other airline operators in our region."

As well as providing training for those starting out, the academy will provide support and training for staff moving through their careers, including aircraft type rating and simulator training.

Air New Zealand expects to be able to put around 200-300 pilots and engineers each year through the curriculum that it would develop.

 "We expect the Air New Zealand Aviation Academy to further build on and enhance the New Zealand aviation industry's excellent international reputation," added Captain Morgan.

Air New Zealand is currently in discussion with a range of potential partners and is expected to announce more details about the academy over the coming year.

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