Monday 22 January 2018

Ryanair plans new simulator at Irish headquarters

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary. Photo: Damien Eagers
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Ryanair plans to build an extension next to its new headquarters in Swords in north county Dublin to house a new fixed-base aircraft simulator.

The application comes as the airline begins to significantly expand its fleet, with about 50 annual aircraft deliveries expected over the next few years.

The new aircraft being delivered later this year will have new interiors and seating.

Ryanair operates a fleet of more than 300 Boeing 737 aircraft. It will have over 500 by 2024.

The airline has already been recruiting a flight simulation engineer to work at its biggest base, at Stansted, as it expands its flight simulator fleet.

Earlier this year, Ryanair was also hiring an additional simulator planner for its simulator activities at East Midlands Airport in England.

The airline has four full-flight motion simulators there and hosts initial training for over 600 pilots, and recurrent training for an additional 3,300 pilots every year.

Ryanair also uses a simulator in Amsterdam.

Ryanair moved staff into its new headquarters in Swords, close to Dublin Airport, in early 2014. It bought the building in 2012 at a cost of €11m and spent an additional €9m or so kitting it out.

It has rented part of the building to US tech firm SanDisk.

Irish Independent

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