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Vietnam Airlines Opens Vietnam's First Flight Simulator Complex in Saigon

The airline said the flight simulators will save them VND285 billion (US$12 million) on pilot training over ten years.

On August 21, Vietnam's flagship carrier Vietnam Airlines opened the country's first flight simulator complex inside its training center in Tan Binh District, Dan Tri reports. The complex contains four flight simulators including one that recreates the Airbus A350, two recreating the Airbus A321, and one mimicking the experience of flying a Boeing 787.

The flight simulator costs from US$12 million to US$18 million each. The simulators were brought to Vietnam as a result of a cooperation between Vietnam Airlines and CAE Inc., a Canadian flight technology manufacturer. Establishing a flight simulator complex here will help reduce the time and cost of pilot training especially when switching from one type of airplane to another. In the past, when switching airplanes, pilots often have to travel overseas in order to access this type of training. 

“Modern technology also allows us to monitor and supervise the quality of pilot training, ensuring the highest standards," said Duong Tri Thanh, the General Director of Vietnam Airlines.

[Photo via Bao Moi]

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