Azul Brazilian Airlines selected Training By Airbus to provide A320 Family flight simulator training and courses at Azul’s Training Center (Azul’s University - UniAzul) near Viracopos International Airport in Campinas, São Paulo.

Azul’s 12-year “Training by Airbus” agreement includes more than 70,000 flight training hours and the installation of one A320 full-flight simulator in UniAzul to train Azul pilots and maintenance crews beginning in October. This agreement makes UniAzul the first Airbus Approved Training Organisation (ATO) in South America.

The new ATO will implement Airbus ATO/EASA processes and tools, allowing Azul to provide training certified by Airbus. Azul currently operates five A330-200s and has ordered 35 A320neo Family aircraft. Azul also has committed to operate 28 A320neo Family and three A350 XWB aircraft as part of leasing agreements.

Airbus has been providing training to the region primarily from its Miami-based training centre, but with the latest Airbus global market forecast showing regional requirements in Latin America to more than double (to over 2,500 new passenger and freighter aircraft) in the next 20 years, the Azul training agreement will help meet long term growth in expanding markets like Brazil. In Latin America, Airbus has established training centres in Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico.