Bombardier Aerospace has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation and FlightSafety International to establish a training centre for pilots of its Q400 NextGen aircraft in Jiangsu, China. Under the LOI, Bombardier would provide planning support for aircraft training activities and FlightSafety International, Bombardier’s authorized provider of turboprop pilot training, would supply and operate a Q400 aircraft full flight simulator at the new training centre.

The signing follows a December 2013 agreement in which Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation declared its intention to acquire 30 Q400 NextGen aircraft to support the forthcoming launch of a new airline. Sutong Airlines plans to operate an all-Bombardier fleet of Q400 NextGen airliners when it starts operations in 2015.