Airbus to Open Flight Training Center in Monterrey
VivaAerobus selects Airbus as Flight Training provider
VivaAerobus, Mexico’s ultra low cost carrier, has chosen “Training By Airbus” to provide simulator training and courses for pilots, maintenance personnel, flight operations engineers and cabin crews in Miami and Monterrey, Mexico. The 10-year agreement includes more than 25,000 flight training hours for approximately 750 pilots. VivaAerobus, which is in the process of converting to an all-Airbus operator, has ordered a total of 52 A320 Family aircraft.
Full-flight training for VivaAerobus pilots has been ongoing at the Airbus Training Center in Miami, and by early 2016 VivaAerobus will start training at a new satellite training operation in Monterrey’s North International Airport located in the campus of the University of Nuevo León. Airbus plans to build on the expertise of its Miami Training Center to create its second training center in Mexico, which will house one Airbus A320 simulator.
“As a low cost carrier, “having the best quality training for our staff is important to maintaining world class safety standards,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of VivaAerobus. “Having our crews trained locally in Monterrey by Airbus gives us that outcome, but also supports our ability to keep costs down and continue to deliver the lowest possible fares for our customers..”
“The Airbus Training Center in Monterrey will build on Miami’s success by bringing our state-of-the-art training services and experienced instructors directly to VivaAerobus, consequently supporting their growth by increasing the productivity of their pilots, engineers, maintenance and cabin crews,” said Fabrice Hamel, Vice President, Airbus SAS and Chairman, Board of Directors, Airbus Mexico Training Center. “Airbus is also very proud to bring high-skilled jobs and economic investment to Monterrey’s robust industrial core, and is grateful to the Economic Development Office of Nuevo León for their role in making today’s announcement a reality.”
“Training By Airbus” ensures a smooth aircraft entry-into-service and provides customers with support and services throughout the operational life of their Airbus fleet. It also provides courses locally to its customers thanks to mobile solutions and e-learning features.
Built in 1999, the Airbus Training Center in Miami, which complements centers in Toulouse, Beijing, Hamburg and Bangalore, provides training for Airbus customers’ flight and cabin crew, as well as maintenance personnel. Approximately 2,000 trainees take Airbus courses annually at the Miami center under the direction of 70 Airbus employees. Most of the facility’s trainees come from Airbus airline operators in the US, Canada and Latin America.