Boeing, Blue1 partner on 717 training solution

Boeing Training & Flight Services and Blue1 have signed a long-term agreement for the former to provide 717 training capabilities in Stockholm, Sweden, starting during the first quarter of 2011.

"Enhancing safe and efficient flight operations, with cost-effective solutions implemented closer to our customer’s home bases is our main priority," said Roei Ganzarski, chief customer officer, Boeing Training & Flight Services. "Through this partnership with Blue1, we are bringing our 717 training programmes closer to our customers."

Blue1 operates five Boeing 717s with an additional four scheduled to enter its fleet by the end of March 2011. "As we transitioned to the 717, it became increasingly clear that we would benefit from a regional 717 training solution," commented Heikki Setala, head of Flight Operations, Blue1. "Boeing, as the original manufacturer of our aeroplanes, was wholly supportive of our needs and provided an overall cost-reducing solution."

The European Aviation Safety Agency-certified 717 full-flight simulator will be relocated from Boeing’s Atlanta campus to a training centre in Stockholm. Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing continues to hold the exclusive licence to market the Stockholm-based 717 training capacity to third parties.

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