Queenstown’s Copthorne hotel hosts an unusual big-money guest this week – a $1.4 million mini-flight simulator.
Airbus manager Isabelle Floret, with captain Rubio-Ortiz Wilfrid, check the controls of the A320 multi-functional training device, flown over from the aircraft manufacturer’s headquarters in Toulouse, France, and set up in a Copthorne conference room.
Airbus is hosting 20 representatives from six Pacific airlines, including Air New Zealand and Qantas, at an air transport seminar.
“[The device] gives them a good feel for what the aircraft can do,” Florat says.
“It’s very interactive,” she says.