Vietnam’s newest airline, Bamboo Airways began construction of an aviation training center in July 2019 in the central area of Vietnam. This is the first one in a series of training centers in Quang Ninh, Hai Phong and VInh Phuc (Northern provinces of Vietnam), to be developed by FLC Group, the real estate developer which owns Bamboo Airways.
Bamboo Airways, which was launched in January 2019 is the latest entrant in Vietnam’s rapidly growing aviation market. The Transport Ministry of Vietnam set a target growth rate of 16% for the aviation industry between 2015-2020 and 8% between 2020 and 2020. During the past decade, Vietnam aviation revenue has grown annually by 17.4%, which is more than twice the overall growth rate of 7.9% for Asia. The industry is facing the problem of inadequate number of pilots.
This training center project costs approximately VND 700 billion (USD30 million), covering an area of 100,000 square meters in Nhon Hoi Economic zone, Binh Dinh Province. The training center is expected to start operations in 2022, and will train nearly 3,500 students per year as pilots, flight attendants, technicians, ground service providers and operation controllers.
At the moment, Bamboo Airways has signed a collaboration agreement with the New Zealand Aviation Academy to train pilots following international standards and with the University of Engineering and Technology under the Vietnam National University to improve the quality of training and conduct joint scientific research for their first training center. The training center will be equipped with e-learning systems, electronic libraries, and flight simulators that meet international standards.
(Sources: Bamboo Airways; Vietnam News)