Simaero's Chairman, Eric Renault, and Menteri Besar Selangor Incorporated (MBI Selangor)'s CEO, Pn. Hajah Norita binti Mohd. Sidek, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which enhances the bilateral cooperation between the two entities to strengthen the aviation training sector in Malaysia.

This cooperation commitment is part of the Selangor Aero Park (SAP) development project in Sepang as outlined in the RS-1, which is the roadmap developed by Selangor State in its aspiration to be a Smart, Liveable and Prosperous State. The SAP project is a major initiative of Selangor’s state government that aims to create, over the next 10 years, a one-stop center for aerospace in the ASEAN region. The future center will provide infrastructure, facilities, and services for aerospace and aviation-related businesses.

Simaero, as a Training Organization (ATO) approved by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), will provide its expertise in flight simulator operations, pilot and cabin crew training solutions, and simulator engineering services through a direct presence in the country and by developing the aviation training-related skills of local talents.

MBI Selangor is a body that was established to administer assets and investments of the State Government, and to represent the State in economic and business activities that are beyond the state government’s jurisdictions. Invest Selangor Berhad, the investment promotion agency for the State of Selangor, Malaysia, through the Selangor Darul Ehsan Aerospace Industry Coordination Office (SDAICO), will play a crucial role in facilitating Simaero's strategic expansion in the aviation market of Asia, fostering greater connectivity and growth opportunities for both parties in the region.

“The Malaysian airlines are at a turning point in their development,” affirms Mr. Nicolas Mouté, CEO of Simaero. “They have the opportunity to grow steadily over the next few years, and they need to access high-standard resources that meet their local CAA requirements to do it successfully. By participating in this exciting SAP project, Simaero could help them meet their needs and access standardized, high-quality aviation training.” 

The future facility will be designed to regroup all aviation training equipment in a welcoming atmosphere, including full-flight simulator bays, and complete cabin crew and ground crew training facilities. Simaero will collaborate with the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia to ensure the training center receives all necessary authority approvals to provide first-grade training programs.

 As Simaero aims to strengthen aviation training standards further locally and address the increasing demand for aviation training facilities in the country and regionally, the facility will be equipped with advanced market-specific full flight simulators in line with the current aircraft types operated by Malaysian and the regional airline operators such as B737 Max, A320 Neo, etc.

The estimated total FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) is valued at USD 75 million (approx. RM 348 million) in the span of 8-10 years' timeline and is expected to create dozens of job opportunities for Malaysians in the aviation training field.