Turkish Airlines Has A New Fake Aircraft Cabin For Crew Training

While flight simulators are arguably more fun, cabin simulators also have a role to play in the crew training process. For Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines, a new “Cabin Service Training Simulator” has been assembled and is ready to train the airline’s future flight attendants.

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Turkish Airlines is a full-service carrier and a member of the Star Alliance. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Cabin simulators completed by TCI

The new mockup aircraft cabin, or more professionally referred to as a “Cabin Service Training Simulator,” has been completed by Turkish firm TCI. With letters standing for “Turkish Cabin Interior,” TCI is a joint venture of three major companies of aviation; Turkish Airlines, Turkish Technic, and Turkish Aerospace Industries.

Established in December 2010, the company’s headquarters and manufacturing sites are located in what it calls “Europe’s largest MRO Center,” which is located close to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

TCI says that it currently designs and manufactures both narrow and widebody commercial aircraft galleys and stowages, VIP galleys, and aircraft equipment. It also provides retrofitting and repair services.

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It appears that this particular aircraft cabin simulator has additional tables and chairs right outside the aircraft’s nonexistent windows. Photo: TCI

Four aircraft mockups prepared for Turkish Airlines

Now complete, the project has been years in the making, having started in 2018. For Turkish Airlines, TCI was tasked with manufacturing four realistic and simulated models of the following aircraft:

  • Airbus A320
  • Airbus A330
  • Boeing 737
  • Boeing 777

These simulators will be used at Turkish Airlines’ Flight Training Center for what TCI calls pre-employment and on-the-job training of flight attendants.” The training modules were manufactured based on aircraft types in the Turkish Airlines fleet, although TCI says that they are also “designed to serve the flight attendants of other airlines as well.”

“The quality of the training is enhanced by means of certain aircraft type details, handsets, auditory and visual warnings, cabin noise, announcements and IFE simulations.” -TCI

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A narrowbody mockup, naturally in the interior colors of Turkish Airlines. Photo: TCI

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Work extends beyond Turkish Airlines

While TCI is a joint venture that includes Turkish Airlines, its work extends far beyond the carrier and its fleet. Indeed, it has inked deals with the following airlines for ‘galley tenders’ (design and construction of galleys):

  • Jet Airways (pre-collapse): 79 737 MAXs
  • SpiceJet: 155 737 MAXs
  • Azerbaijan Airlines: 10 737 MAXs
  • SunExpress: 32 737 MAXs

In the short term, the firm says its focus is on offering products such as trolleys and cargo containers. In the long-term, it hopes to also get into the realms of Crew Rest (Compartments) and Cabin Divider Systems & Blinds, among others.

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TCI has also landed contracts with other carriers, including India’s SpiceJet. Photo: VishuN via Wikimedia Commons 

With the recovery of the aviation industry, Turkish Airlines should be able to put its brand new cabin mockups to good use, providing new and refresher training for flight attendants who may not have been very active in recent months.

Have you had the opportunity to see a cabin mockup for yourself? Perhaps as part of a training center tour? Share your experience with us by leaving a comment.