KENYA AIRWAYS’ PRIDE CENTRE GETS IATA NOD OF APPROVAL
Kenya Airways’ inhouse training facility, the Pride Centre, located at the airline’s Embakasi headquarters, has recently been given recognition and approval by IATA, which certified the training college after an audit of facilities, teacher’s qualifications and the curriculum taught.
Two years ago the Pride Centre was approved by IATA to offer relevant courses covering aviation, travel, tourism but also cargo operations and dangerous goods regulations.
The airline also offers crew training courses for cabin crew, both internally and for external students and has pilot training facilities too vis a vis B737 flight simulators, where Kenya Airways’ pilots undergo their mandatory twice a year training.
Dr. Titus Naikuni, CEO and Group Managing Director of Kenya Airways, was quoted to have said when receiving the news from IATA: ‘This is a huge endorsement of our efforts to deliver quality training that meets international aviation standards and recognition. We welcome individuals, organisations, airlines and governments to take advantage of our expertise to build their own competencies’ with clear reference to KQ’s ‘selling training’ to other airlines just as the airline offers maintenance services to third parties.
It could not be established at the time of uploading what revenues are generated by offering training, in the simulators and in the classrooms, to external clients and students but thought to be of growing importance as a contributor to the airline’s bottom line when the passenger market, in view of the increased competition, operates at cut throat rates. Watch this space for regular and breaking news from Eastern Africa’s aviation sector.