They will be re-training a lot of the 747 pilots to the Dreamliners & it will be cheaper to do it in house than competing for SIM slots elsewhere. Then add the 2 new flight schools coming online majority of the graduates will start as 2nd officers on the Dreamliners
This is true. However, they should be able to quite easily manage this training load with the existing 2 simulators, in my opinion. It is a $23 million dollar investment
that Qantas is then going to have to relocate in the next few years due to the Sydney Gateway Project
which will require moving the Flight Training Centre 150 metres to the east.
This seems to me like a big cost to the airline for only a temporary increase in training capacity. Also, it is quite likely that only a very small number of the Qantas Group Pilot Academy graduates will be employed as B787 Second Officers. See:Training pilots not just for Qantas, but QantasLink, JetStar and others.Not guaranteed a job at Qantas.
Though is number of frames the driver or is it number of fleet flight hours? They might be much of a muchness if subfleet utilisation is similar.
I believe the main driver is the number of pilots - which is directly related to number of airframes. Fleet flight hours has very little to do with it. This is because pilots require regular simulator checks which are independent of how much flying they, or the aircraft, have been doing.
I still believe this is a very strong indicator of more B789 orders. The Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 25/10/2019 - I expect big things!