Emirates Is Preparing To Build A $135 Million Pilot-Training Facility
The new center will have six full-flight simulator bays for the airline’s future Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X aircraft.
After the pandemic caused a global tourism slump, the travel sector is now well on the road to recovery. Strong demand for air travel means that key industry players are scrambling to hire fresh cabin staff and pilots. To tackle the problem, Emirates has just announced that it intends to build a new training facility, which will span 5,882 square meters and open in March 2024.
The new high-tech center will be equipped with six flight simulator bays and fully-customizable cockpit environments for the new Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X aircraft, also arriving in 2024.
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“The building will be equipped with the latest, technologically advanced simulators to provide the best training for pilots while using solar power to reduce energy consumption,” says Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group.
According to Emirates, flight training capacity will be increased by 54% annually with the addition of the new center, and the airline plans to hire 400 pilots and up to 6,000 cabin crew by mid-2023.
NEOM Airlines Is Saudi Arabia’s New, Tech-Centric Carrier
The airline will embrace advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, and utilize high-tech propulsion systems by 2026.
Opening in 2025, NEOM is a $500 billion Saudi Arabian smart city that will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Now, Saudi authorities have announced that the futuristic metropolis will also be served by its own dedicated carrier — NEOM Airlines.
The service will begin operating in 2024 and embrace advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence and biometric check in. Aircraft will fly to and from NEOM Bay before moving to the soon-to-be-built NEOM International Airport.
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NEOM Airlines will focus on tourist, commercial, and residential travel and incorporate plenty of cutting-edge technology. Klaus Goersch, the airline’s CEO, revealed that existing aircraft will be retrofitted with existing technology on launch, but by 2026, an ultra-modern fleet will be in operation, “whether electric, hydrogen-powered, or supersonic”.
As well as modern, low-emissions power airplanes, NEOM aircraft will also be fitted with sleek, modern interiors, 6G Wi-Fi, large screens for every seat, plus gaming and chat technology.