Boeing to Consolidate Flight Training Facilities in North America
- Meets strategy of bringing training closer to customer operations
- Flight simulators and certain operations to locate in Miami
- Facility and capabilities will better serve global airlines
SEATTLE, March 8, 2013
SEATTLE, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced it is
consolidating flight training capabilities in North America – including 787
flight and maintenance training – at the Boeing Flight Services training
campus in Miami. The consolidation is part of a larger Commercial Airplanes
focus on customer commitments, stepping up efforts to meet market demand for
Boeing products, services and support as airplane delivery rates increase.
Boeing will relocate all full-flight simulators and other devices from Seattle
to Miami, starting with two 787 training suites. Miami is Boeing's largest
commercial aviation training campus and is a preferred training location for
customers based in Latin America as well as the United States, Middle East,
Europe and elsewhere. With this consolidation, Miami will be established as
the pro forma flight training location for Boeing in the Americas.
Implementation will begin immediately.
"This is about getting close to our customers, doing what is right for them
and bringing them the best product support and services in the industry," said
Sherry Carbary, vice president, Flight Services, Commercial Aviation Services.
"If we are going to better serve our customers and meet training commitments
and airplane deliveries as we ramp up on rate, the time to do this is now."
With 20 simulator bays, the Miami facility is one of the largest commercial
flight training campuses in the world, but currently that space is
underutilized, with 11 training devices and the capacity to accommodate nine
additional full-flight simulators.
The majority of the Seattle Flight Services team will not be affected, but
some employees will be impacted by the planned consolidation, Carbary said.
"Our training team is the best in the industry. We value the contributions
they bring to Boeing every day, and the competitive advantage they bring to
our customers around the world."
The plan to locate 787 training in Miami was announced in 2008 as part of
Boeing's strategy to better serve the training requirements of airlines by
locating training closer to where they do business.
Over the past several years Boeing has consolidated and relocated a number of
flight training campuses, including four in the United States, based on
customer requirements. Boeing Flight Services, a part of Boeing Commercial
Aviation Services, has also continued to expand capabilities elsewhere across
the global network including new campuses in Shanghai; Baku, Azerbaijan; and
Istanbul and is expanding capabilities at existing campuses in Singapore and
London with additional new full-flight simulators.
Strategic positioning of the Boeing global training network is of vital
importance to airlines around the world as they seek world-class training
resources to meet the demand for aviation personnel. The 2012 Boeing Pilot &
Technician Outlook, a respected industry forecast of required commercial
aviation personnel, cites a need for 460,000 new pilots and 601,000 new
maintenance technicians over the next 20 years.
Flight Services Communications
Commercial Aviation Services
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