Alteon President Urges Aviation Training Industry to Lower Costs and Improve the Quality of Pilot Training

    SEATTLE, June 13 /CNW/ -- "The aviation training industry needs to lower
the cost of simulators, increase training quality and efficiency and reduce
the time required to train pilots," Alteon Training President Sherry Carbary
said in her keynote speech at the 10th Annual World Aviation Training
Symposium and Tradeshow (WATS) in Orlando, Florida yesterday.
    One of the most crucial issues facing the industry is the increasing
demand for pilots, maintenance and cabin crew.
    "Both Boeing and Airbus agree that the world's fleet will more than
double over the next twenty years," Carbary said. "That means the world's
airlines will need an additional 25,000 planes by 2025, in addition to the
17,000 planes that will already be in service."
    New planes will require more than 18,000 new pilots every year -- 360,000
pilots over the next 20 years -- on average, through 2025 as well as 480,000
new mechanics during that period of time."
    Pilot and maintenance training is a $3 billion business worldwide in the
over 90 seat market. The cost of pilots, maintenance and cabin crews, and the
associated training costs represent up to 20 percent of an airline's operating
    "As the need for training continues to rise, we must, as an industry,
find a way to lower the costs," Carbary said.
    Carbary also outlined the issues facing the aviation training industry
and highlighted the roles and responsibilities of airlines, governments,
regulators, training companies, simulator and airplane manufacturers to ensure
the continued safety and reliability of the air transportation system.

    Alteon Training is the aviation training partner of choice and the
industry leader in providing airline-focused aviation training solutions. The
company provides its partners with an expanding and integrated services
portfolio that includes flight, technical and cabin-crew training.
    Alteon is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company within Boeing
Commercial Airplanes' Commercial Aviation Services group. The training
organization supports the world's aviation community operating more than 80
full flight simulators in 24 locations around the world.

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For further information: Kelli Whaley of Alteon Training,

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