Textron as 777X flight simulator providerBy  – Boeing has selected Textron’s TRU Simulation + Training to provide a suite of training devices for the 777X, to be deployed at the aircraft manufacturer’s training centers.

The 10-year agreement covers multiple devices, with the initial contract involving development and production of a 777X full flight simulator (FFS) and flat-panel classroom trainer. TRU will also supply an engineering simulator to Boeing for use in development of the 777X.

The 777X deal is similar to the 10-year contract won by TRU in 2014 to supply 737 MAX training devices for use in Boeing’s simulator centers. So far four MAX FFSs have been ordered for centers in the UK, Shanghai, Singapore and Miami, TRU VP and GM-air transport simulation George Karam said.

The first 737 MAX FFS will enter acceptance testing at TRU in May and is on schedule to be ready for training in the first quarter of 2017, he said. The first 777X training suite is expected to be ready for training in 2019-20, likely in Miami, ahead of the aircraft’s entry into service.

The Level D FFS for the MAX will incorporate the extended Boeing data package enabling upset recovery training in the flight simulator and the same is expected for the 777 Level D FFS, he said.

CEO Ian Walsh said winning the Boeing 777X deal was “difficult” because of competition from market leader CAE and others. He expects the “OEM stamp of approval” of Boeing buying from TRU for its own training centers to pay off in further sales to airlines. Karam said the company is in discussions with a number of 737 MAX customers to sell training devices.

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Separately, TRU has sold an FFS and flat-panel trainer for the Airbus A320neo to Colombia-based Avianca, to be delivered to the airline’s new Bogota training center in the third quarter of 2016. The company has already delivered A320 and ATR FFS to Avianca. TRU has also installed an A320 FFS at Ansett Aviation Asia’s new training center in Taipei, Taiwan.