I was thinking how these two aircraft, the A220 and E2, just haven’t sold enough for all the support networks to be properly established. One aspect I’ll focus on is flight simulators, but parts distribution is similar from a scaling perspective in how many aircraft are needed to justify a parts distribution center.
Neither the A220 or E2 have a geographically dispersed enough arrangement.
For the E2, I found only one active flight simulator: in Paris. As far as I know, only a Flight Safety manufactured simulator is available:https://news.flightsafety.com/pressrele ... t-airport/
Link on above being certified: https://news.flightsafety.com/pressrele ... -approval/
For the A220, I found a 4 running: a simulator at Mirabel, Ontario, I believe Atlanta (for Delta), Frankfurt, and ones on order for Ft. Lauderdale, Cairo, Latvia (AirBaltic), and I would assume when AirFrance finalizes their order they will buy a simulator for install in Paris. All of the current A220 flight simulators are made by CAE, but I found Flight safety has sold their first simulator for the A220 and will deliver it soon to EgyptAir.
This gives a big gap in Asia (I searched and searched, and it looks like KE’s small fleet doesn’t justify owning a simulator, yet).
This is going to make it tough for both to sell to small buyers. Having to fly far to train pilots and pay for hotels gets pricey fast.
Links, A220 simulators:
A220 Mirabel (I chose a link where DL auctioned off time in that simulator, it amused me):https://thepointsguy.com/news/skymiles- ... simulator/
A220 Flight training alliance (partially owned by LH) has the one in Frankfurt:https://www.flighttrainingalliance.com/a220-training/
A220 AC has one in Ontario:https://www.fliegerfaust.com/a220-airbu ... 09923.html
A220 Delta has one, I assume in Atlanta. Warning, video was the only link I found:https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=de ... RE&PC=U316
A220 AirBaltic buying a simulator, install late 2019https://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news ... simulator/
A220 JetBlue has bought two, unclear when to be installed:https://atwonline.com/training/jetblue- ... simulators
A220: EgypAir ordered an A220 simulator from Flightsafety (all others above from CAE)https://www.fliegerfaust.com/airbus-a22 ... 34401.html
I failed to find any other links of E2 flight simulators. Does anyone know of more? I assume one in Brazil, but I didn’t find any videos or anything.
For comparison, the E-170/190 has a pretty extensive network of flight simulators:https://services.embraer.com/global/en/ ... commercial
At this time, I'm concerned for both to sell to small airlines as there just are not enough simulators planned.
Just for comparison, Alteon (Boeing) trains 737 pilots in United Kingdom, Spain, Morocco, South Africa, Australia, China, and the United Stateshttps://news.flightsafety.com/pressrele ... or-alteon/
Plus numerous airlines offer outsourced training on a for profit basis: (UA in Den, DL in Atlanta, AA in Dallas)
I found different quantities of hours for training required. I noted in the above link there were 1350 commercial simulators, or about one for every 20 aircraft. What is the needed ratio of simulators to pilots? When I look at the costs for buying a simulator and training staff, I estimate an airline must have 20+ aircraft to justify staffing up for training. It is always best to have more scale as the training staff will naturally become more familiar with issues.
Can anyone confirm the E2 only has one active commercial simulator? Sadly, that makes sense for how few aircraft are in service...
So the solution is just to sell more aircraft. But wait, aircraft sell when the system is setup already...
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