Qantas Group Flight Training and Nippon Cargo Airlines have signed a five-year contract for Qantas to provide Boeing 747-400 training for up to 200 Nippon Cargo Airlines pilots. Qantas Executive General Manager Services Curtis Davies said the first intake would commence training in October at Qantas Group Flight Training facilities in Sydney and at Avalon in Victoria. “Each pilot will undertake a nine-week course with Qantas instructors in 747-400 simulators and aircraft prior to the Japanese regulator giving final approval,” he said. Mr Davies said the training provided was the first of its kind for Nippon Cargo outside of Japan and China. “This five-year contract with Nippon Cargo is an important step in developing this Qantas Group business. “Qantas Group Flight Training is in negotiations with a number of international carriers to provide simulator endorsement training on a range of aircraft types. “This new stand-alone flight training business will train more than 3,000 new pilots for the Qantas Group over the next 10 years and a significant number of pilots for other airlines, now including Nippon Cargo Airlines,” Mr Davies said. Qantas Group Flight Training will operate independently of the airline by the end of 2007 with its own profit and loss responsibilities.