Wizz Air has opened a brand new 3,800-square metre state-of-the-art training centre in Budapest, Hungary that will be used to train all of the airline’s pilots and cabin crew. The low-cost airline is currently the largest budget carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the regions fastest growing airline celebrated the opening of what is one of Europe’s most advanced aviation training centres at the end of the November.
The centre is equipped with two Airbus A320 CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulators as well as a cutting edge Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainer and a catchy-named V9000 Commander Next-Generation Fire Trainer. At full capacity, the centre will be able to train up to 300 people every day – taking trainees from all over the Wizz Air network for initial and recurrent training, as well as pilot type ratings.
Wizz Air has entered into a 10-year contract with CAE – one of the world’s leading aviation training suppliers, which has been involved in training pilots from over 200 airlines around the world. The airline has even taken options on adding a third flight simulator as it looks to step up its growth with a goal to operate more than 300 aircraft – the airline currently has just over 100 aircraft in its fleet.
“We are delighted to bring world class talent from all over the WIZZ network to Hungary,” comments the airline’s chief executive, József Váradi.
Explaining that the centre “brings a new era in crew training,” Váradi says his airline “is ready to become an airline of three hundred aircraft and ten thousand crew members carrying a hundred million passengers per year.”
Wizz recently announced the expansion of its Bucharest base where a brand new Airbus A321 will be based in March 2019. The expansion will create 42 new directly employed jobs. The Polish city of Krakow will also become a new Wizz Air base from April 2019 where two brand new A321’s will be based and 80 directly employed jobs, including cabin crew will be created.
The airline currently has open cabin crew positions in a number of its bases across Europe, including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania. Further details can be found on the official Wizz Air recruitment website here.
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