airBaltic training expands and starts new Bombardier Q400 courses

This year airBaltic Training programmes have already attracted almost 3000 professionals from nearly 30 countries. As part of this growth, airBaltic Training has introduced a new training course for external customers – Bombardier Q400 type rating for pilots.

Laila Odina, Chief Operations Officer of airBaltic: “In May 2010 airBaltic received its first state-of-the-art Bombardier Q400 NextGen. Building on the operating experience of the aircraft type we introduced last year, airBaltic Training is now able to offer training courses for external customers to benefit from our knowledge.”

Bombardier Q400 ground training will take place in Riga, full flight simulator sessions in Stockholm; the course will conclude with actual aircraft training in North Hub Riga.

This year alone airBaltic Training has qualified almost 3000 professionals - more than 1500 pilots, almost 1000 cabin crew members and several hundred of ground handlers, cargo agents, security personnel and others. They represented almost 30 countries including Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Italy, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Belgium, England, Ireland, Iceland, France, Lithuania, Portugal, Netherlands and the CIS.

airBaltic Training, subsidiary of Air Baltic Corporation, is offering a wide range of aviation training services in Riga, Latvia. The modern and purpose-built airBaltic Training facility is equipped with a B737 Classic Full Flight Simulator, Multi Purpose Trainer, door trainers, computerized and convenient classrooms. In February 2011 airBaltic Training became IATA Regional Training Center, the only one of its kind in the European Union.



airBalticin brief:  

AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. The primary shareholders are the Latvian state, with 52.6% of stock, and SIA Baltijas aviācijas sistēmas, with 47.2% of stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 34 aircraft – six Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200, ten Fokker 50 airplanes and eight Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic offers nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities – Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 – a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business. In summer 2010, airBaltic was chosen for ANNIES Award as Europe's largest flag carrier by new routes. airBaltic won a special Pacesetter Award 2010 from the Jury of the Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards, recognising achievements of airBaltic as a hybrid airline.




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