Fiji Airways has confirmed the acquisition of a second CAE full flight simulator (FFS) for the Fiji Aviation Academy, which is expected to open in Namaka, Nadi in 2019.

The Airbus A330 FFS will be installed alongside a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft simulator from CAE, which was acquired during a deal in the second half of 2017.

Managing Director and CEO of Fiji Airways, Andre Viljoen, declared, “Our plans for the Fiji Aviation Academy are progressing well, and we’ve now accounted for two of the three simulators we will have at the facility. We’re very pleased to again select CAE, this time for an A330 simulator. This is a key part of Phase 1 of the Fiji Aviation Academy. We have also allocated space for a third simulator bay at the Academy for any future expansion opportunities.

“Our vision is to ensure we provide our own pilots the very best in training facilities right here in Fiji. The added benefit of selling simulator time to pilots from abroad coming here for simulator training will further boost the local economy, and position Fiji as the true aviation hub of the Pacific.”

Phase 2 of the Academy’s development will see it begin offering ab-initio training for cadet pilots.