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Qantas Group to establish 787 maintenance and training facilities in Melbourne, first delivery Sep

13-Aug-2013 1:04 PM

Qantas Group announced (13-Aug-2013) the creation of up to 100 new jobs with the establishment of maintenance and training facilities in Melbourne for Jetstar Airways as the airline prepares to take delivery of its first Boeing 787. Equipment, including a 787 flight simulator, will be installed at the group’s flight training centre in Airport West as part of a AUD100 million (USD91 million) investment in anticipation of the first 787 delivery by the end of Sep-2013. Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “The 787 has a strong connection to Victoria with parts of the aircraft manufactured at Boeing Aerostructures Australia’s facility in Port Melbourne. Today’s announcement builds on that link with our Airport West facility set to house a replica of the 787 cabin door and a 787 flight simulator which will be used for crew training.” Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said support from the Victorian Government was integral to ensuring Melbourne became the home and hub of the airline’s 787 operations, stating: “New jobs will include cabin crew trainers, simulator instructors and engineers to support the entry into service of the aircraft and the establishment of a dedicated Jetstar maintenance facility at Melbourne Airport. Jetstar is leasing a widebody hangar from the Qantas Group to undertake line maintenance for the 787 and it is being fitted out with the latest equipment and tooling specifically required for the new technology of the aircraft. Forty eight engineers and 10 pilots have already completed their training for the 787 and more training is currently underway. Our cabin crew will be the next group of Jetstar team members to be trained to operate on the aircraft using our dedicated facilities at Airport West". The carrier also confirmed it is on track for delivery of the first 787 by the end of Sep-2013. [more - original PR]