Saudi Arabian Airlines plans to upgrade the Prince Sultan Aviation Academy to the status of a specialized international training center.

"As its privatization program progresses, the academy will be converted to a new status capable of offering wide-ranging training programs, not only to cater to the needs of the Kingdom but also receive trainees from regional and international airline companies," said assistant executive director general of Public Relations Abdullah Al-Ajhar.

Capt. Talal Ageel, chief of the strategic unit of the academy, said the academy is playing the vital role of preparing and training flight navigators, cabin crew and officials of the airline's operations with advanced training techniques with the aim of Saudization of the airlines and achieving self-sufficiency in its staff. He added that the academy offered training to workers of other airline companies as well on the ground and also using simulators.