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Pilot training in a 777 full-flight simulator. Boeing photo.

Pilot training in a 777 full-flight simulator. Boeing photo.

Boeing says it will open a new, state-of-the-art aviation training campus in Russia’s emerging high-tech centre in 2015.

The new full-service training facility will be located in the Skolkovo Innovation Center near Moscow, the U.S. aircraft manufacturer said Monday.

Initial capability will include flight, maintenance and specialty training, it said.

“We are bringing Boeing’s flight and maintenance training closer to our Russian customers, giving them the world-class support they need to successfully operate and maintain their fleets,” said Sherry Carbary, vice-president, Boeing Flight Services.

“Airlines in the region will benefit from a technologically advanced training campus staffed by the industry’s best qualified and most experienced pilots and instructors.”

Boeing will partner with the St. Petersburg, Russia-based avionics and flight-simulator manufacturer Transas on the project.Russia2

“We are delighted to become technology partners in this unique project,” said Nikholay Lebedev, president of Transas.

“We strongly appreciate that our flight simulation technologies have become part of this international project, aimed at improving the efficiency and quality of flight crew training in Russia — a sign of confidence in our products that we are proud of.”

Boeing says the new facility will open with four simulator bays, featuring three Next-Generation 737 full-flight simulators and one 777 full-flight simulator.

Two of the simulators will be built by Transas, it said.

Groundbreaking on the new campus is scheduled for spring of 2014, with training beginning in mid-2015.

Boeing has forecast that the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Russia, will require 15,200 additional airline pilots and 18,000 technicians over the next two decades, supporting 1,530 new commercial airplanes by 2032.