TRU Simulation + Training, a Textron Inc. company, announced that it has signed an agreement with Cathay Pacific Airways, flag carrier of Hong Kong, to provide three new flight simulation training devices.
As part of the agreement, TRU will provide a Boeing 777-9 full flight simulator, a 777-9 flight training device, and an A320neo FFS. The 777-9 FFS will be one of the first in the world provided to an airline.
TRU was selected in 2016 by Boeing as the exclusive simulator supplier on the 777-9 program, which is the world’s largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine jet. Shortly after Boeing’s selection of TRU, two 777-9 full flight training suites were placed on order for Boeing’s training centers in Gatwick and Singapore, and are currently in development at TRU’s Montreal, Canada facility. TRU’s flight training simulator development program is actively being completed in parallel and close collaboration with Boeing as it works towards the 777-9 aircraft’s entry into service.
“We are pleased to have been selected by Cathay Pacific Airways as a partner to support its growing demand for pilot training as the airline expands its operations. As the exclusive supplier to Boeing on the 777-9, we’re proud to provide the highest standards of innovation, quality, fidelity and safety to Cathay Pacific’s training programs,” commented George Karam, Vice President and General Manager of TRU’s Air Transport Simulation division.
Cathay Pacific Head of Simulator John McCormick said, “More than 60 new aircraft will be joining our fleet over the next five years and having Full Flight Simulators that are capable of fully replicating the actual aircraft on the ground will be essential in training and qualifying pilots to fly them. TRU Simulation’s FFS devices are state-of-the-art and we are confident this partnership will allow us to maintain our dedication to aviation excellence and continue to deliver the highest standard of training to our pilots.”
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