Vietjet Air's aircraft (Source :Airbus)
Hanoi (VNA) – Low-cost carrier Vietjet Air and Airbus have signed an agreement to open a training centre in Vietnam’s southern city of Ho Chi Minh at the ongoing Singapore international Airshow 2016.

The centre will focus on training pilots, engineers, mechanics, flight dispatchers and flight trainers.

Under the agreement, Airbus will provide Vietjet with an Airbus A320 Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) to conduct flight crew training for its A320 fleet.

Airbus will also provide maintenance training services via the Airbus training media and courseware, including its trainers and teaching techniques.

The programmes will be conducted within the Airbus Competence Training (ACT) classroom concept, while bringing Airbus and the European Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) standards to the Vietjet training organisation.

Speaking at the signing ceremony on February 17, Vice President of Vietjet Dinh Viet Phuong praised the effective collaboration of the two sides in recent times, highlighting that “this agreement once again marks a new milestone for both organisations.”

He said Airbus’s training expertise will help enforce Vietjet’s capabilities in flight and maintenance training be in line with the internationally recognised standards.

“Investment in an aviation institute is one of the most important goals in Vietjet’s sustainable growth strategies,” said Phuong.

Didier Hux, Head of Airbus Customer Service shared his delight in providing Vietjet with equipment and materials for flight and maintenance training.

“We are committed to expanding our services footprint in Vietnam and the region. Teaming-up with Vietjet through our first training services agreement in Vietnam is a major milestone to deliver training by Airbus in the region, and it ensures more efficient service, support and proximity to our customers,” Hux said.
Founded in 2007, Vietjet currently has a fleet of 34 aircraft, including A320s and A321s and operates about 200 flights daily.

The airline has to date carried 20 million passengers on 47 domestic and international routes to Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, China, Thailand and Myanmar.

Last year, it received a certificate of Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and was recognised as Best Asian Low Cost Carrier at the 26 th annual TTG Travel Awards.-VNA