British Red Arrows Aerobatic Team visits China's Shenzhen Airlines

Source:China Military Online Editor:Huang Panyue 2018-11-07

A pilot assigned to the Red Arrows Aerobatic Team of the British Royal Air Force tries the A320 simulator of China's Shenzhen Airlines. (Photo by Li Ruidun)

SHENZHEN, Nov. 7 (ChinaMil) -- The British Consulate General in Guangzhou and the Red Arrows Aerobatic Team of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) made a special trip on November 6 to China's Shenzhen Airlines during the Airshow China 2018.

On October 30, Shenzhen Airlines launched its first direct flight from Shenzhen to London. The Red Arrows Aerobatic Team's visit this time provided a unique opportunity for the Chinese and British sides to explore opportunities for cooperation and development in civil aviation.

China's Shenzhen Airlines’ staff introduces the simulation cabin to the team members of the RAF Red Arrows Aerobatic Team. (Photo by Li Ruidun)

Karen Maddocks, Consul-General at the British Consulate General in Guangzhou, Andrew Keith, wing commander of the RAF Red Arrows Aerobatic Team, and Flight Lieutenant Alicia Mason, engineering officer for the Red Arrows, visited the Shenzhen Airlines’ aircraft cabin emergency equipment and crew training devices, water training hall and flight simulator training hall on the afternoon of November 6.

They also had exchanges on flight training and flight team cooperation with the airlines’ training instructors and students. The team had keen interest in the flight simulators and tried the simulators of Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 during the visit.

The Shenzhen Airlines’ staff and the RAF Red Arrows’ team members pose for a group photo. (Photo by Li Ruidun)

Andrew Keith and Alicia Mason said that they felt honored to visit the flight training center of the Shenzhen Airlines. The flight training system is perfectly designed in terms of the improvement of training policy, the implementation of training programs, and the training guarantee scheme, they noted. They said they hope more international pilots will join the Shenzhen Airlines for future development.

The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, is an aerobatics display team of the British Royal Air Force based at Scampton, Lincolnshire, UK.