Korean Air and Boeing have started work in a new aviation training facility at Incheon, near Seoul’s main international airport.
The new campus, which is slated to open in 2015, will house 12 full-flight simulators for pilot training, supporting Korean Air’s flight training programmes.
“Boeing is very pleased to participate in the continuous development of Incheon’s Free Economic Zone with this project to expand aviation training capabilities in Korea,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services.
“Boeing and Korean Air have a training relationship spanning almost 15 years. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Korean Air as we together to develop advanced aviation training programmes from a new base in Incheon.”
Once the new facility is complete, Boeing will relocate its existing training support staff and equipment to the Incheon campus. The two companies will work together on all simulator-based training, plus Korean Air’s pilot development programmes, quality assurance and training operations.
Boeing has forecast that the Northeast Asia, including Korea, will need 18,500 new pilots over the next 20 years.