Plans to open the first flight simulation centre for A220 airline pilots in the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island, have been officially launched. Marie-Joseph Malé, Air Austral CEO, Guillaume Branlat, SA ARRG Chairman, and Eric Renault, SIMAERO Chairman, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 15 November, 2019 to lay the foundations of the project which is expected to be operational in September 2021. 

“This flight simulation centre for airline pilots is a progressive, flagship project for Reunion Island. The centre will provide training both for Air Austral’s pilots and pilots from other airlines in the area. The aim of the centre is to provide ongoing training for foreign pilots from Africa and Asia. The project will generate significant benefits for our island: well-deserved, global recognition for our expertise; increased business tourism; and the creation of an aeronautics campus in Gillot, in keeping with the emerging sector. I fully support this highly ambitious project, which has just been revealed by three major partners. I would like to thank the SIMAERO Chairman for believing in the project and taking up the challenge with us and I will do everything in my power to ensure its success.” Didier Robert, Reunion Island Regional Council President and SEMATRA Chairman 

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