Boeing Expands Flight Training Centre near London Gatwick Airport
- Existing 7 full flight simulator facility to add annex with additional 4 simulators
- With annex built will be largest such Boeing site outside the United States
- Complements existing pilot and technician training site, originally opened in 2004
- Current site also adds newly installed 737 MAX full flight simulator
LONDON, July 13, 2017 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] is enhancing its flight training services at Crawley, near London’s Gatwick Airport, with the unveiling of a newly installed 737 MAX 8 simulator and the construction of a new annex to accommodate growing demand for pilot and technician training.
“Demand for Boeing’s leading products and services is strong from our customers in Europe and on into the Middle East and Africa,” said Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland. “It is crucial for our customers that we are able to meet this demand locally and we are delighted to grow further our pilot and technician training offering in Crawley as part of our new services business unit. This also continues our growth in the United Kingdom to support local customers and enhances further Boeing’s commitment to the UK and its economic prosperity.”
The Boeing Flight Services Centre in Crawley opened in September 2004 and trains pilots and technicians from airlines across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The current 4,900 square metre facility houses several classrooms, fixed training devices and eight full-flight simulators. Once the annex is built it will be the largest such Boeing site outside the United States. As part of the exclusive 787 training suite at Crawley, the campus features fully integrated desktop training systems (DTS) classrooms, and advanced flight training devices.
On site at Crawley there are four 787 full flight simulators (three 787-8 and one 787-9) as well as full flight simulators for the 777, Next Generation 737 and the newly-installed 737 MAX 8 full flight simulator. In addition, the centre offers fixed training devices for the 787-8, 757, 767, Next Generation 737 and the 737 MAX 8 as well as training on Boeing 717 and 757-200 full flight simulators at the nearby Burgess Hill facility.
Boeing Flight Services is part of the new Boeing Global Services business unit, which was established earlier this month. With a focus on innovative services in engineering, digital aviation and analytics as well as supply chain logistics and training support, Boeing Global Services delivers agile, cost-competitive solutions so customers can reduce costs, drive efficiency and optimize operations.
Direct Boeing employment in the UK, to support local airline, military and security customers, has doubled since 2011, to 2,200. The company continues to grow, recruiting on average a new employee per day. Direct spending with UK suppliers has tripled over the last six years to £2.1 billion, supporting an estimated 16,500 jobs in the tier one UK supply chain, a rise of 80% over the same period.
Additional growth is planned in the years to come. In the past year Boeing has announced plans for its first European manufacturing plant in Sheffield, a commercial aviation maintenance hangar at Gatwick airport and the company is working with the Ministry of Defence on plans for a Royal Air Force P-8A Poseidon facility at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. Together, these developments will create several hundred additional jobs in the UK at Boeing, the company’s partners and in the supply chain.
The current Boeing Pilot and Technician outlook, exploring the demand for trained personnel in this area in the coming years, is available at http://www.boeing.com/commercial/services/flight-operations-solutions/index.page#/pilot-technician-outlook.
Boeing employs more than 2,200 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing solid organic growth. In 2013 Boeing celebrated 75 years of partnership with the United Kingdom, the Armed Forces, British manufacturing and the air transport industry. Today the UK remains a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology partners. Boeing’s direct expenditure with the UK aerospace industry in 2016 was £2.1 billion and the company supports an estimated 16,500 jobs in the UK supply chain, in the process enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property. For more information visit www.boeing.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @BoeingUK.
Boeing Global Services, headquartered in the Dallas area, was formed by integrating the services capabilities of the government, space and commercial sectors into a single, customer-focused business. Operating as a third business unit of Boeing, Global Services provides agile, cost-competitive services to commercial and government customers worldwide. For more information visit www.boeing.com/services.