Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) Holdings has announced that it will open a pilot training academy, Pan Am International Flight Training Centre, with local Thai airline NOK Airline and Assumption University.
The academy will start operating in September 2014 and will open with a Airbus A320 flight simulator and it has plans to open another four simulators two A320s and two Boeing 737NGs – in 2015.
‘Pan Am’ plans to exploit the growing requirement for flight crew training in South East Asia and approximately 230,000 pilots, 4.5 times more than current pilot numbers, are forecast to be required by 2030 (ICAO Global and Regional 20-year Forecasts).
Pan Am Thailand will be based at Bangkok’s Mueang International Airport and Assumption University, which recently opened a new department for pilots with no flight experience.
The opening of the new academy is part of ANA’s plan to expand its international network and build its ability to offer auxiliary flight services such as pilot training.
Pan Am follows hot on the heels of the opening of ANA’s other Pan Am Academy in the USA.