CRAWLEY, UK — L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has expanded its international flight simulator presence, signing a contract with Air Astana to deliver the airline’s first full flight simulator for pilot training.
The Airbus A320 FFS is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2022 and will support Air Astana’s newly-opened pilot training center, located at Nur-Sultan Nazarbayev Airport. It is the airline’s first full flight simulator, and the first ever in Kazakhstan, significantly enhancing Air Astana and its subsidiary airline FlyArystan’s pilot training capabilities.
L3Harris’ RealitySeven full flight simulators utilize cutting-edge technology to deliver a high quality pilot training experience, support training center operators and offer the most realistic training for airline pilots. Due to its modular design, different aircraft model cockpits can be implemented, allowing the airlines to tailor training to their specific fleet.
“The L3Harris Airbus A320 FFS will give Air Astana’s pilots the highest quality training available using our state-of-the-art simulator to support the development and training requirements of their modern fleet,” said Alan Crawford, President, Commercial Aviation at L3Harris.
“As a growing airline, we are delighted to be launching our new training center,” said Peter Foster, CEO, Air Astana. “This new simulator will play an important role in the continuous high-quality training we offer our pilots.”
L3Harris Commercial Aviation Solutions (CAS) is a world leader in providing intelligent training solutions for pilots and trainers across a wide range of commercial platforms. The business provides a full spectrum of training solutions from its state-of-the-art training centers, including cadet pilot training, airline training, aircrew resourcing and high-fidelity simulation products. L3Harris CAS is headquartered at the London Training Centre in Crawley, U.K., and delivers training, resourcing and systems production from global centers in Bournemouth and Cranfield in the U.K.; Florida in the U.S.A.; and Bangkok, Thailand. https://www.l3commercialaviation.com/uk/airline-academy/.
About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space, and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries. L3Harris.com.
About Air Astana
Air Astana, is the flag carrier of Kazakhstan and a joint venture of Samruk Kazyna Wealth Fund (51%) and BAE Systems PLC (49%). The company commenced operations on 15 May 2002. Air Astana has a fleet of 35 aircraft, including Boeing 767, Airbus A320/A321neo/A321LR, and Embraer-E190-E2.
Air Astana became the first carrier from Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe to be awarded a prestigious 4-Star rating by Skytrax at its World Airline Awards 2012 and was also named ‘The Best Airline in Central Asia and India’ that year. Both achievements were repeated for eighth consecutive year (2012-2019). Air Astana received TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award and APEX award for three consecutive years (2018-2020). In 2021 Air Astana received the highest level 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by Skytrax and the highest Diamond status for minimizing and preventing the spread of the COVID-19 by APEX.
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