POST Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the commercial aviation industry is expected to enjoy five to seven years of recovery, with the Asia Pacific experiencing particularly robust growth, according to Jeppesen Academy general manager Capt Bud Oaster.
There is a window of opportunity for Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) to take full advantage of the recovery and emerge as the predominant provider of airline services in the region, he said.
Speaking yesterday at a signing ceremony of a marketing agreement between MAS and Jeppesen Sanderson Inc to conduct aviation management and technical training courses in Malaysia, Oaster said he believed the technical training provided by Jeppesen would give MAS a competitive edge and perhaps allow it to emerge as a leader in the region.
Under the arrangement, Malaysia Airlines Academy would provide the training infrastructure, and Jeppesen, which is a Boeing subsidiary, the instructors and all related materials.
MAS had also been given the rights to market those courses in 18 countries – Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Philippines, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Signing on behalf of the companies were MAS senior general manager of corporate services Dr Mohamadon Abdullah and Oaster.
Mohamadon said both parties would offer a number of aviation management and technical training courses. A 5-day course would cost around US$1,600 in fees and a one-day course US$350.
He declined to say how the fees would be split, but noted Jeppesen would get “the higher fee” due to its intellectual capital input.
Oaster said that Jeppesen chose Malaysia as its partner owing to the country's strategic location, multi-racial culture and wide use of English, noting these factors were attractive to the prospective pilots or other airline officers who may choose to do the courses in Malaysia.
He said Jeppesen's courses exceed international standards for content and technical excellence, and are recognised by international regulatory authorities such as the Federal Aviation Administration, and the International Civil Aviation Authority.
“Participants of these courses will be trained, examined and tested by our qualified staff from our existing overseas academies on behalf of the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation,” he added.
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