Qantas Prepares for B787-9s, Buys Dreamliner Flight Simulators

8th Aug 2016

The national airline of Australia, Qantas is set to receive the Boeing 787-9 aircraft in 2017. In order to best prepare its pilots to fly the next generation jets, the carrier has invested $23 million in a new flight simulator for the aircraft.

The simulator will be installed at Qantas' Sydney Mascot base as a part of the Australian carrier's strategic partnership with the New South Wales government. As Qantas said in a statement on Monday, it will be used to:

"Support efforts to develop aviation and related industries on and around Sydney Airport and at the future Western Sydney Airport."

Also, Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said in a statement:

"The Dreamliner represents a new chapter for Qantas and we are delighted to announce that a new state-of-the-art flight simulator will be housed at our Mascot training centre. Our flight training centre operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is overseen by a dedicated team of trainers and check captains who help ensure that Qantas pilots are among the best in the world."

Qantas CEO also added:

"And from the end of next year, the centre will be used to train a new generation of Qantas pilots on the next generation aircraft."

The four Dreamliner flight simulators Qantas had ordered will be powered by GENx-1B engines and will be used for both recurrent and new training of its pilots. According to Qantas, its captains flying Boeing planes will be able to transition to the next-gent aircraft after about 44 hours spent training with the simulator.

In addition, Qantas has also revealed its plan to hire 170 new pilots to support the new B787-9 fleet.

At the Centre for Aviation Australia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) summit held in Brisbane last week on Thursday, 4th August, Qantas International Chief Executive Officer Gareth Evans said the airline expects the first Dreamliner to arrive in October next year.

Evans also said at the CAPA conference that he believes Qantas will be able to announce the first Dreamliner route before the end of this year. The Flying Kangaroo is currently holding talks with tourism bodies and airports regarding this.