CAE reached agreement with the Indian government to become the managing partner of its flight school, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi. It also entered into a JV with the Airport Authority of India to develop the Rajiv Gandhi National Flying Training Institute.

"We are pleased that the government of India has recognized CAE's expertise in creating and managing world-class flight training organizations," Innovation and Civil Training and Services Group President Jeff Roberts said.

Over the past two years, the annual air traffic growth rate in India has been about 26%, causing the Indian airline industry to order approximately 400 new aircraft, estimates the Air Passengers Assn. of India.

"With our long history of serving the Indian market, we understand that India needs to develop a solid infrastructure and implement state-of-the-art standards in flight training," Roberts added. "These two academies, together with our upcoming training center in Bangalore, will help us address the urgent need for pilots throughout the region."

IGRUA management activities include aircraft and runway maintenance, flying operations and air traffic control practices. The JV calls for RGNFTI ownership to be shared between CAE and AAI and includes flying and maintenance activities. CAE will provide training curricula, courseware and training methodologies. Joint investment is $25 million. MOUs were announced at the Paris Air Show.

Separately, CAE won Level D certification from UK CAA for its first 5000 Series A320 FFS developed to address training requirements for high-volume narrowbodies.

"The 5000 Series simulator is a new design standard for CAE and represents a great step forward in simulator technology," easyJet Crew Training Head Chris Hope remarked. "We have been working closely with CAE on testing and evaluating the 5000 Series full-flight simulator prior to Level D qualification and can confirm the simulator flight characteristics deliver a high-quality representation of the A320 aircraft. The new 5000 Series will serve as a great training tool as part of easyJet's pilot training program." The simulator will be used for A320 training at CAE's Burgess Hill facility.

CAE also signed contracts valued at C$52 million ($53 million) with Lufthansa Flight Training and Xiamen Airlines to design and manufacture four full-flight simulators and associated CAE Simfinity training devices.

LFT ordered a CAE 5000 Series A320 FFS and CAE 7000 Series 747-8 Intercontinental FFS. "CAE's market leadership in developing the prototype Boeing 747-8 simulators made them a clear choice for our future 747-8 training needs," LFT CEO Florian Hamm said. "CAE's 7000 Series 747-8 full-flight simulator will meet the specific Lufthansa training requirements and be available prior to this new aircraft entering service."

Xiamen purchased two CAE 7000 Series 737-800 FFSs and a set of CAE Simfinity training devices including two CAE Simfinity 737-800 IPTs, a CAE Simfinity 737-800 and 757 VSIM as well as a CAE Simfinity and a 737-800 VMT.

"CAE has a well-earned reputation for industry-leading simulation technology and quality which has played a key role in our success in the Chinese market," Simulation Products and Military Training and Services Group President Marc Parent stated. "Our true-fidelity suite of simulation equipment will help Xiamen Airlines prepare its pilots to fly its growing fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft as the airline expands in the world's fastest-growing aviation market."

Xiamen's two 737-800 FFSs are scheduled to be delivered to the carrier's training center near Gaoqi International in 2009. LFT's FFSs will be delivered to the company's training facility in Frankfurt. The CAE 5000 Series A320 FFS is scheduled to arrive this summer while the CAE 7000 Series 747-8I FFS is slated for 2010.