The groundbreaking ceremony for the Bamboo Airways aviation academy in the central province of Bình Định. — VNS Photo
BÌNH ĐỊNH — Bamboo Airways, a subsidiary of real estate developer FLC Group, began construction of an aviation academy in the central province of Bình Định on Sunday.
Covering an area of 10ha, the VNĐ700 billion (US$30 million) project is located at Nhơn Hội Economic Zone in Quy Nhơn City. It is scheduled to be operational in 2022, and will train nearly 3,500 students per year as pilots, flight attendants, technicians, ground service providers and operation controllers.
The project is the first in a series of training facilities that Việt Nam’s newest airline is planning to build in Quảng Ninh, Hải Phòng and Vĩnh Phúc.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Bamboo Airways signed deals with the New Zealand Aviation Academy to train pilots meeting international standards and with the University of Engineering and Technology under the Việt Nam National University – Hà Nội to improve the quality of training and conduct joint scientific research.
Đặng Tất Thắng, Permanent Vice Chairman of Bamboo Airways, said he hopes the facility will become a top training centre and help improve the sector’s domestic workforce.
Thắng said the centre would work with universities in Việt Nam and abroad to boost education quality while connecting with the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturers like Airbus and Boeing to train skilled workers.
Chairman of the Bình Định People’s Committee Hồ Quốc Dũng pledged to create the best conditions possible for Bamboo Airways and other investors to run their projects in the locality.
Since its first flight took off on January 16 this year, Bamboo Airways has opened 24 routes to 15 domestic airports. — VNS