Posted on: 08 August 2014 by Mark Howells
Nok Air and ANA Holdings have announced a joint venture to launch the Pan Am International Flight Training Center (Thailand) Limited – ‘Pan Am Thailand’ – which is scheduled to begin operation in September 2014.
The centre will open with an A320 simulator, with plans to expand to a total of four simulators – two A320s and two Boeing 737NGs. The first Boeing 737NG simulator will open in January 2015, followed by the second in April 2015. The JV forms a strong partnership between Nok Air, ANA Holdings, and Assumption University, the first international Thai university which recently set up a new flight training department for students with no flight experience.
ICAO forecasts that by 2030, approximately 230,000 pilots will be required, which is 4.5 times the current pilot numbers. “Southeast Asia’s aviation market is rapidly expanding and there is a need for highly trained flight crew. ‘Pan Am Thailand’ will position Thailand as the prime training ground providing the highest quality training for pilots,” declared Patee Sarasin, CEO of Nok Air. “For Nok Air, the joint venture means that we are able to cut our pilot training costs by up to 50%, and proudly provide world-class flight simulator training in Thailand.”
The flight training centre marks the first step in a relationship between Nok Air and ANA Holdings that both parties plan to develop continually. The JV will benefit both Nok Air and ANA Holdings, in which the Group is building on the success of ANA Holding’s Pan Am flight academy operations in North and South America, which it acquired in August 2013.