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2011 Press Releases

Waterford’s Pilot Training College (PTC) signs €1.7M contract with Nasair - One of Saudi Arabia’s Premier Airlines


Ireland and USA Pilot Training Company continues significant overseas expansion

Pilot Training College, with training centres in Waterford, Ireland and Florida, USA today (Wednesday 16th March 2011) signed a highly coveted training contract, with Nasair, one of Saudi Arabia’s premier airlines. The deal was secured with support from Enterprise Ireland’s Saudi Arabian office.

L-R: Capt. Yousif Al Shingaiti, Director of Training (A) Embraer Training Manager, Nas Air, Capt. Mike Edgeworth, Group Executive Chairman, Pilot Training College, Waterford , Frank Ryan , CEO Enterprise Ireland and Bander Al Dabaan, Director HR, Nas Air

(Pictured is from left Capt.  Yousif Al Shingaiti, Director of Training (A) Embraer Training Manager, Nas Air, Capt. Mike Edgeworth, Group Executive Chairman, Pilot Training College, Waterford , Frank Ryan , CEO Enterprise Ireland and Bander Al Dabaan, Director HR, Nas Air).

The contract involves an advanced Graduate Pilot Programme for existing pilots who want to fly for Nasair as well as an ab-initio (beginner) Pilot Cadetship Programme for new trainee pilot cadets.

Up to 30 Nasair cadets and qualified pilots will be trained during 2011 for the airline in Ireland and in Florida, USA. 

Commenting on the Nasair agreement Mike Edgeworth, Executive Chairman of Pilot Training College, said:

“We continue to attract companies of the calibre of Nasair by ensuring we operate to the highest international standards. We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with Nasair. We’ve been working hard for the last five years to ensure that the PTC brand is recognised globally for the quality of our training. We already have a successful ab-initio cadetship program with Flybe, Europe’s largest regional carrier and we are also the preferred JAA training provider for Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s national carrier and Turkish Airways.”

Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, CEO of NAS Holdings, Nasair’s parent company, who was in Ireland in March said:

“Nasair is one of Saudi Arabia’s leading airlines, flying passengers in the region to domestic and international destinations at smart fares. We operate with a fleet of some of the world’s most modern aircraft and we require some of the world’s best flying crew. The quality of the training is absolutely essential to the continued success of the airline and its growing reputation for excellence. We chose PTC following a full and thorough assessment of their training facilities and standards and we were satisfied that the Irish company could deliver on what we require, highly skilled pilots”.

Congratulating both companies on this new partnership, Mr Frank Ryan, CEO of Enterprise Ireland said:

“This new contract for Pilot Training College builds on a number of other significant international successes for this Waterford based company.  PTC has pursued its internationalisation strategy with great determination and energy and we will continue to strongly support their efforts to secure new international business.

“Saudi Arabia is an important high-growth market for Irish exporting companies.  PTC’s success in securing this contract will help raise awareness of the potential for Irish products and services in this key Middle Eastern market.”  


About Nasair

In 2007, NAS Holdings started its commercial operations by establishing Nasair, the smart choice and first economic airline in Saudi Arabia.  Nasair is now flying to 30 domestic & international destinations with over 450 flights per week. It has the youngest fleet in Saudi Arabia offering a new generation of Airbus A320’s and Embraer’s E190 aircraft.

About Pilot Training College  

PilotTraining College (PTC) has been training pilots since Ireland's accession to JAR in 2000. PTC trains up to 200 pilots each year and operates from training centres in Ireland and the USA. 

The PTC training centre in Melbourne, Florida USA is co-located with the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) School of Aviation which is close to Cape Canaveral on the Space Coast.  Here, students have on ramp access to modern aircraft featuring the very latest in technology and avionics. Student accommodation is on the FIT campus giving student pilots access to the best that the US college experience has to offer including sports facilities, restaurants, library and other opportunities for personal development.

The PTC training centre in Ireland is based at Waterford Airport.  The Training Centre is housed in a brand new purpose built facility that includes a Mechtronix FNPTII simulator, pilot briefing room and lecture rooms.  All aircraft are maintained to the highest standards at the fully certified on-field maintenance facility.  Waterford is an ideal location for instrument training with freely available airspace and no slot delays or extreme weather.

Photos available from Fennell Photography

For further information please contact:

Robert Connolly, Pilot Training College, +353 51 876 706
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