Bombardier has signed a letter of intent (LoI) along with Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation and FlightSafety International to set up pilot training for Q400 turbprop aircraft. The centre will be located in Jiangsu, China. Under the LoI, Bombardier will provide planning support for aircraft training activities, while FlightSafety International will supply and operate a Q400 aircraft full-flight simulator. Sutong Airlines (ST) will create its own training programmes at the centre. "With its regional aviation model set to revolutionise air service in Jiangsu, one of China's most affluent and fast-growing provinces, Sutong Airlines has long ago realised the importance of the localisation of pilot training capabilities for its own aircraft fleet," said Zhou Binzhen, president of Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation Industry. "Through joined efforts with Bombardier and FlightSafety International, Sutong aims to build up its own pilot training programmes and capabilities and become self-sustained in terms of pilot pipeline. We believe the setup of such a training centre in Jiangsu province will introduce something new in pilot training in China and Asia, which may benefit not only ST Airlines but also the general pilot training market in this region." The deal follows Nantong's order, announced in December 2013, for 30 Q400 NextGens. The aircraft will be used by the company's new airline, which will be based in Nantong, Jiangsu Province and will start flying in 2015.