Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines and the leading low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced that it will open a new training centre by the end of 2018. The new facility will feature 2 new state-of-the-art Full Flight Simulators, one Fixed Base Simulator as well as a brand new Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainer and a Real Fire Fighting Trainer device.
As the airline continues its strong growth across Europe with more than 20% year-on-year, and looks to triple its fleet in the upcoming decade, the new modern centre will allow WIZZ to increase its training capacity to up to 100 crew members daily, growing to more than 250 in the future, while maintaining the highest standards.
Located five minutes from the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, the facility will be the largest aviation related training centre in the region and one of the most advanced in Central and Eastern Europe, constructed with efficient and environment friendly engineering and equipped with the latest technologies available on the market. In addition to the three simulators and the cabin trainer, the 3,800 square meter facility will include 14 training rooms, an office area, a large lobby and a common break room. The facility can be expanded with additional simulators or more training rooms, giving the company added flexibility and room for its future growth.
Diederik Pen, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Wizz Air, said: “By the end of 2018, we will have an international team of over 1,000 pilots and 2,000 cabin crew to be trained on a recurring basis. These numbers could triple in 10 years, as a result of Wizz Air’s expansion. This new facility will enhance our training and recruitment capabilities and reinforce our commitment to our best-in-class training standards, whilst supporting the rapid growth of our company.
The two new Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulators will be delivered by CAE, a global leader in aviation training solutions for the civil aviation market, who will also secure the smooth operations and maintenance of the training devices for the next 10 years.
“We are proud to support Wizz Air for the training of its pilots and the operations of its training equipment,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Wizz Air and to support their growth with our comprehensive training solutions.”