Boeing announced Friday it is consolidating North American flight training capabilities at the Boeing Flight Services training campus in Miami, Fla. According to Boeing, the move includes 787 flight and maintenance training and is part of a larger focus on customer commitments, better meeting market demand for Boeing products, services and support as airplane delivery rates increase.
Boeing’s largest commercial aviation training campus will house full-flight simulators and other devices currently in Seattle. The move will establish Miami as the pro forma flight training location for Boeing in the Americas.
“This is about getting close to our customers, doing what is right for them and bringing them the best product support and services in the industry,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Flight Services, Commercial Aviation Services. “If we are going to better serve our customers and meet training commitments and airplane deliveries as we ramp up on rate, the time to do this is now.”
Carbary said that while the majority of the Seattle Flight Services team will not be affected, some employees will be impacted by the consolidation.
“Boeing’s announcement that they are investing more of their business in Florida is great news for Florida families,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said. “Over the last two years, we have cut taxes and regulations to support job creation. Now we know, it’s working. More and more companies from around the world are moving to Florida.”
According to a statement released by Boeing:
Over the past several years Boeing has consolidated and relocated a number of flight training campuses, including four in the United States, based on customer requirements. Boeing Flight Services, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, has also continued to expand capabilities elsewhere across the global network including new campuses in Shanghai; Baku, Azerbaijan; and Istanbul and is expanding capabilities at existing campuses in Singapore and London with additional new full-flight simulators.
Strategic positioning of the Boeing global training network is of vital importance to airlines around the world as they seek world-class training resources to meet the demand for aviation personnel. The 2012 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, a respected industry forecast of required commercial aviation personnel, cites a need for 460,000 new pilots and 601,000 new maintenance technicians over the next 20 years.
Boeing said the strategy to move has been planned since 2008.