BAA Training has received renewed approval from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rostaviatsia) for Boeing 737 CL initial, recurrent and renewal training.

The approval also grants use of BAA Training’s own Boeing 737 CL full flight simulator for providing training to Russian airline operators.

It is estimated that there are currently around 500 Russian pilots holding licences for the Boeing 737 CL. Therefore, the renewal of the BAA Training’s certificate will provide Russian aviation companies and pilots with an opportunity to renew licences and receive Boeing 737 CL type rating training at a geographically convenient location.

The Russian State Research Institute for Civil Aviation forecasts that the country’s total mainline airliner fleet of 579 aircraft is predicted to expand by 140 units by 2020. As reported by Rosaviatsia, between January and June this year, air traffic over the Russian Federation increased by almost 8% reaching over 850,000 flights performed by Russian and foreign airlines.

Moreover, the passenger traffic through Russian airports for January to June this year grew 19% to approximately 82 million. According to CEO of BAA Training, Egle Vaitkeviciute, the increasing indices of the market and the overall global tendencies in the aviation industry are promising aspects for further BAA Training’s business development opportunities in the country.

“Working with Russian carriers has always been an important part of BAA Training’s strategy,” commented Vaitkeviciute. “We are glad that we can contribute to the safer travels of all passengers on all trending aircraft. The number of Boeing 737CL full flight simulators has been significantly decreasing in the European Union lately, thus we are especially pleased to be one of the few training providers in Europe to offer this type of training.”