Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick has joined Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to open the new Qantas Flight Training Centre at Brisbane Airport.
The Treasurer said the opening of the new facility was another demonstration of Queensland’s growing aviation sector.
“The Q in Qantas proudly stands for Queensland, as it has for more than 100 years since the company was founded in Winton in 1920,” the Treasurer said. “Our partnership with Qantas to deliver their new Flight Training Centre brings extra aviation training capability to Queensland and creates new employment opportunities for training pilots and simulator technicians.”
“This suite of flight training simulators reinforces Queensland’s pre-eminence as a destination of choice for the aerospace and aviation support industries. These simulators mean Queensland-based flight crew don’t have to leave the state to complete their ongoing training.
“The Q400 simulators will train pilots who help fly vital regional Queensland routes and the 767 freight aircraft simulator is the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The 787 and 737 simulators will also be in demand for pilots who will come from Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region.”
The new flight training centre has the capacity to train around 900 pilots every year. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the airline has a proud history of aviation training, opening its first ever flying school in a tin hangar at Eagle Farm in 1927.
“Aviation has advanced significantly since those days and so too has pilot training,” Mr Joyce said.
“We are pleased this state-of-the-art facility in Brisbane will mean a pilot can start their career at the Toowoomba Pilot Training Academy, complete their training at the Brisbane simulator centre and then embark on a Qantas Group career flying from their Queensland home base to everywhere from Longreach to Los Angeles.”