Come and pretend to fly with me

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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.