Posted on: 15 May 2014 by Mark Howells
Boeing and Scoot have announced a five-year pilot training agreement to support the airline's fleet transition to the Boeing 787 from its current 777s.
Under the agreement, Boeing Flight Services will provide 787 flight training to Scoot pilots at the OEM's Singapore training campus. An anticipated 32 Scoot pilots will undergo 787 training this year.
“We are proud to provide Scoot – a growing airline in a growing region – with the industry's best flight training as they add the 787 to their fleet,” remarked Sherry Carbary, vice-president of Boeing Flight Services. “Aviation opportunities for airlines and pilots are expanding rapidly in the Asia-Pacific region, and we're pleased to offer a robust network of experienced instructors and training devices close to our customers across the region."
The 2013 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook showed a requirement for 498,000 new commercial airline pilots and 556,000 new maintenance technicians to fly and maintain the new aeroplanes entering the world fleet over the next 20 years. In Southeast Asia, 51,500 pilots and 64,700 technicians are needed to fill the gap.
“This is an exciting time for Scoot, as we expand our services throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and work with Boeing for world-class flight training,” said Campbell Wilson, Scoot’s chief executive officer.
Scoot will acquire 20 Boeing 787s beginning in late 2014. The aircraft were originally ordered by parent company Singapore Airlines. Scoot currently operates 777s on medium and long haul low-fare flights between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Perth and Hong Kong.