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Korean Air breaks ground on Incheon training campus

US airframer Boeing (NYSE: BA) said it participated in a groundbreaking ceremony with Incheon Korea and carrier Korean Air for construction of Korea´s largest new aviation training facility to be located in Incheon´s Free Economic Zone.

The new campus, which is slated to open in 2015, will allow Boeing to expand the scope of its training business in Korea and continue its long-standing training relationship with Korean Air, the firm said.

Boeing said the facility, once complete, will house 12 full-flight simulators for pilot training programs supporting Korean Air´s flight training needs.

Once the campus is complete, Boeing will relocate its existing training support staff and equipment to the new facility. Boeing will continue to provide all simulator training and pilot checking, as well as continued involvement in Korean Air´s program development, quality assurance and training operations scheduling.

The 2013 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel demand, calls for 192,300 new commercial airline pilots and 215,300 new technicians in the Asia Pacific region through 2032. Northeast Asia, including Korea, will need 18,500 pilots and 25,500 technicians.

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