London Luton Airport (LLA) has welcomed the opening of a brand-new flight training centre at the airport. Avion Group has opened its new facility to support the start of a new long-term agreement between Wizz Air and IAGO Flight Training.
The full-motion simulator will be used to train Wizz Air’s Luton based pilots as well as those at other European bases.
Avion Group CEO Erik Varwijk said: “London Luton Airport is the home base of Wizz Air and continues to see steady growth. We are opening the Avion Flight Training Centre here to meet the needs of Wizz Air and other A320 customers. The industry is looking for training solutions that are cost-effective, risk-reducing, and at the same time bring flight training to the highest possible level. Avion is breaking new ground in aviation by addressing these needs locally to companies of all sizes.”
James Kingdon Leach, CEO at IAGO Flight Training: “Taking the training solution to the customer enables us to further support improved cost and resource benefits for the airline training function. Our partnership with Avion continues to strengthen, providing a new perspective for market differentiated, value-based, exceptional flight training.”
András Sebők, Wizz Air’s Chief Central Operations Officer said: “London Luton Airport is, for us, a perfect location to perform crew training. Not only for our UK crews but also for other crews based elsewhere in Europe. The combined strengths of IAGO and Avion Group make it a win-win situation”.
The simulator has been approved by both the UK Civil Aviation Authority and EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency). Designed to ensure effective and industry-leading training scenarios, Avion has developed the innovative, best-in-class full flight simulator which is based in a convenient location close to the airport terminal.