Nation's first A380 pilot to receive training
By Lu Haoting (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-05-19 09:09
China's first pilot able to fly the A380 super jumbo jet, built by Europe's
Airbus, is likely to be trained in autumn next year.
Airbus will meet the
Chinese aviation authorities and China Southern Airlines, China's first A380
customer, in June to decide detailed training plans for Chinese pilots and
China Southern will receive its first A380 at the
end of next year.
"Usually flight training starts two or three months
before the aircraft arrives and we will ensure the smooth transfer of knowledge
to China Southern," said Guillaume Mille, customer support director at Airbus
Pilots will be trained at Airbus' headquarters in Toulouse,
France, where the company's only A380 simulator is currently
Airbus is holding a five-day A380 technical seminar in Guangzhou
It is the first time the European aircraft maker has given
detailed technical briefings to the Chinese aviation industry.
Airbus A380 engineers from Toulouse have shared their knowledge about the
aircraft's systems and technology with 30 engineers and officials from China
Southern, the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China, and GAMECO
(Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co Ltd).
"This seminar will
provide China Southern Airlines engineers with the technical background that is
needed to develop the maintenance and operational processes for the A380,"
China does not manufacture components for the A380, but
Mille said the country would be involved in the maintenance, repair and overhaul
(MRO) of the 555-seat super jumbo.
"I believe leading Chinese MRO
suppliers, such as GAMECO and Ameco Beijing, will be able to do line maintenance
and heavy maintenance for the A380," Mille said.
GAMECO, founded in 1989,
is a joint venture between China Southern and Hutchison Whampoa.
Beijing, a joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa, is building a
multi-bay line maintenance hangar that will be able to accommodate two
Low labour costs in China are giving Chinese MRO suppliers an
advantage in offering labour-intensive services, such as airframe heavy
Mille said Airbus is in discussion with a number of Chinese
MRO companies to include them into Airbus' global MRO supplier
The A380 is the world's biggest airliner.
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