Regional Express has announced that its training subsidiary, the Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA), will provide training services for Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen in Australia.
Under the agreement, AAPA will train future airline pilots for Jeppesen clients from around the world to the to the standard required for Australian and international commercial pilots licences at its Wagga Wagga facility. The agreement will commence in July this year and runs for three years.
“We are absolutely thrilled that a company with the global reputation and prestige of Jeppesen has chosen AAPA as its Australian partner for ab initio pilot training,” said Rex Group managing director and chairman of the AAPA Jim Davis. “It is a testament to the quality and standard of pilot training at AAPA to have received such an honour.”
It is expected that more than 80 students a year from major aviation markets such as China, the Middle East and India will undertake their training at the AAPA. The announcement marks the first major contract win for the AAPA, which is also used by Rex to train its cadet pilots. It is understood that the business is pursuing other training contracts from international airlines.