BAA Training has opened its fourth simulator centre, BAA Training France, near Orly Airport in Paris. This Paris centre now joins three other BAA training facilities in Lithuania, Spain and Vietnam. 

Around 2,000 pilots are expected to be trained at this facility, and by the end of the year, four simulators will be installed: two Boeing 737 NG, an A320neo and a Boeing 747-400. Currently, a B737 NG full-flight simulator (FFS) and a Real Fire Fighting Trainer (RFFT) are fully operational for training sessions.

An A320/A321 Door Trainer and an A320/321 CEET and slide are also scheduled to arrive in the coming months.

Marijus Ravoitis, CEO of BAA Training, said: “With the opening of the new training centre, we aim to create a training environment that adheres to world-class pilot training industry standards.”

The brand-new facility will support Transavia France, with its new equipment and services.

Olivier Mazzucchelli, CEO of Transavia France, commented: “BAA Training and Transavia France share the same DNA: safety first and efficient operations with a fast-growing, entrepreneurial and agile mindset. BAA Training demonstrated its understanding of our needs from day one to support our growing and challenging training plan on B737 NG and from Q3 2023 – on A320neo.”

BAA Training is part of Avia Solutions Group, one of the world’s largest ACMI providers, operating a fleet of 180 passenger and cargo aircraft worldwide. The group is the parent company of SmartLynx, Avion Express, Bluebird Nordic, BBN Indonesia, KlasJet and Magma Aviation.