ST Aerospace Academy (STAA) has been awarded a contract to train pilots for Xiamen Airlines. Under the agreement, Xiamen Airlines' cadet pilots will undergo STAA's Commercial Pilot Licence with Instrument Rating programme, followed by its High Performance Aircraft Training (HPAT) course.

The first batch of 30 cadet pilots are expected to begin their 60-week long flight training at STAA's flying school in Ballarat, Australia in March 2013, upon completion of an eight-week intensive English language course at Xiamen Airline's facility in Xiamen, China. They are expected to graduate in April 2014. STAA expects to increase the intake to at least 50 for subsequent batches.