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Airways selected as Vietnam's ATC training provider

16 November 2015

Airways New Zealand has this week signed two agreements with Vietnamese aviation authorities, to provide air traffic control training and related services for Vietnam-based students.

The first agreement is a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation (VATM), announced during a New Zealand trade delegation visit to Vietnam led by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. The agreement confirms Airways' role as VATM's preferred air traffic control training provider (including professional development) along with the supply of related training services such as Airways' bespoke ATC candidate selection programme SureSelect, e-learning services, and Total Control simulators.

The second agreement is an MOU with the Vietnam Aviation Academy (VAA), a pre-eminent aviation university in Vietnam, which will see the university's students completing ATC training in New Zealand as part of their Aviation Management degree. Airways' board chair Susan Paterson signed both MOUs on behalf of Airways yesterday, in a ceremony in Ha Noi.

Airways' Head of Training Sharon Cooke welcomes the agreements with VATM and VAA, and says they represent a significant milestone in the company's long relationship with Vietnam.

"Airways' long and successful association with Vietnam started back in 1994 when we trained over 30 air traffic controllers in radar techniques. We have since held regular short training courses for Vietnamese customers, and we're about to start training 20 VATM students at our ATC training centre in Christchurch," Ms Cooke says.

"We look forward to assisting VATM meet air traffic growth estimated to reach 8.4% per annum over the next 20 years – that's nearly double the predicted world annual traffic growth of 4.6%," she adds.

In signing the MOU, Airways and VATM have committed to work together for training related activities, with a long term vision to 2020.

Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation manages the country's air traffic from Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi and Da Nang.

Airways provides air traffic control training in New Zealand and around the world, supplying top quality graduates for countries including China, the United Arab Emirates and Puerto Rico.

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