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UPDATED: 10:48, October 14, 2006
MAS to help train Jetstar pilots for long haul flight
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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will help Jetstar, the Australian-based low-fare carrier, to train 12 Jetstar pilots for long-haul flight.

MAS and Jetstar, a subsidiary under Qantas Group Airline, signed an agreement on Friday at MAS's Flight Crew Training Center in Subang near Kuala Lumpur, according to a statement released here by MAS.

The Malaysian national carrier said in the statement that the training would support Jetstar's final preparations as it moved into long-haul international operations to Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region, which would start from Nov. 23.

Jetstar's Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said Jetstar was pleased to use the center to help support its move into long-haul flying, according to the statement.

MAS's Operation Director Peter Read said MAS's training standards were internationally recognized and it has an excellent track record of A330-300 operations since 1991.

"We are pleased to share our A330-300 expertise with Jetstar in line with the 'Winning Coalitions' thrust of our Business Turnaround Plan and are glad that the deal matches the expectations of Jetstar's urgent training needs," he said.

The Jetstar pilots, all holding the rank of Airbus A330-200 flight captain, are currently undergoing both line and simulator Airbus A330-300 training at the center and are expected to complete their training at the end of this year.

Qantas recently announced that it had decided to move Jetstar, which operates a fleet of 23 A320s, to international long-haul routes.

Source: Xinhua

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