Is there anything new in store in the training scheme for Boeing's new 787?
For the 787, we've developed a kind of cafeteria plan in which an airline that buys a 787 gets training points that the airline can spend any way it wants. It may be an airline with a big pilot training center of its own, for instance, that may want to handle pilot transition training itself. It can use those points it saves by not training its 787 pilots at Alteon to train its maintenance workers with us about new repair procedures.
Are you looking at expanding Alteon through acquisitions?
We're not considering any acquisitions now. We'll be keeping our plate so full meeting the demand for what we do now, that we're concentrating on doing that job for now.
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Alteon at a glance
Founded: In 1997 as a joint venture between Boeing and FlightSafety International
Acquired: Boeing acquired FlightSafety's share in 2002 and renamed the company Alteon.
Locations: 22 in 11 countries
Full-flight simulators: 73
CEO: Sherry Carbary
Carbary's prior assignment: Vice president of Strategic Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Unnamed customer orders $5.4 billion worth of 787 Dreamliners
The training center will be fully operational by the end of 2007 with placement of a 757/767 full flight simulator to accommodate Shanghai Airlines and other regional operators.
Boeing's Alteon is testing a program that can cut training time in half. Students will spend much more time in ground-based simulators and far less time actually flying a plane - and that has...
The new device will be ready for training in the first quarter of 2014 and will join two other 787 flight simulators currently used for training airline pilots in London.