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Ryanair to spend millions on Dublin Max training centre


Headwinds: Boeing’s 737 Max has been grounded since last March

Headwinds: Boeing’s 737 Max has been grounded since last March

Headwinds: Boeing’s 737 Max has been grounded since last March

RYANAIR will house two Boeing 737 Max simulators at a new multi-million-euro Technical Centre of Excellence near Dublin Airport.

Planning files show that the large premises will have four full-motion simulators installed - two for the Max and two for the Airbus A320.

The Airbus jets are used by Ryanair's Austrian subsidiary, Lauda.

The new centre in Dublin will require an investment of tens of millions of euro. Each new full-motion simulator can cost in the region of €14m.

That will not include two fixed-base simulators that will also be located at the centre, and significant fit-out costs that will see the inclusion of a full-motion simulator communications room, training rooms, an archive store and other facilities.

The technical centre will be located at the Woodford Business Park, a short distance from the airport and Ryanair's headquarters in Swords, and will see the firm amalgamate two adjoining buildings in the park. One unit was put up for sale last year with a €2m asking price and is understood to have been sold to Ryanair, while the other is thought to have been let to the airline.

Ryanair submitted initial plans to the local council last October for the centre, but was told in December to revise them to provide more car parking for the facility.

Airlines have been vying to secure access to Max simulators after Boeing endorsed simulator training for pilots due to fly the model.

One of the original selling points of the troubled Max jet was that pilots of Boeing's 737 NG aircraft would not need simulator training to fly the model.

Two fatal crashes involving the plane have seen Max jets around the world grounded since last March as Boeing tries to get the aircraft recertified for flying.

Ryanair, which operates a fleet of more than 450 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, has ordered 135 Max jets and has options on 75 more.

CEO Michael O'Leary said this week that the carrier had also tabled an offer to Boeing to buy Max 10 aircraft.

Internal Boeing emails released last month revealed that some workers at the company mocked Indonesian carrier Lion Air after the airline considered making its pilots do simulator training before flying the Max. Boeing persuaded the carrier it was not needed. The following year, one of Lion Air's Max jets crashed, killing all on board.

Irish Independent