CAE has announced more than 25 full-flight simulator sales so far in FY09. In December, the Canadian company reached agreements to provide FFSs and related CAE Simfinity training devices valued at C$40 million ($32.3 million) for Saudi Arabian Airlines and the Hua Ou Aviation Training Centre.
"CAE's innovation and flexibility, as well as our commitment to work closely with our customers, allows us to find ways to address their specific training needs," CAE Executive VP and COO Marc Parent said. "We are uniquely positioned to create value for our customers as we offer the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of simulation products and training services."
Saudi Arabian ordered two CAE 7000 Series A320 FFSs, a CAE Simfinity A320 Level 5 FTD and a suite of CAE Simfinity Airbus Pilot Transition trainers and Airbus Competence Training classrooms for A320, A330 and A340 aircraft. The training solutions are scheduled for delivery this year to the Prince Sultan Aviation Training Academy in Jeddah.
"Saudi Arabian Airlines continues to grow and expand their operations and we are pleased they have selected CAE's true fidelity simulation equipment to support their Airbus pilot training program," added Parent.
HOATC, a joint venture of Airbus and China Aviation Supplies Holding Co., purchased a CAE 7000 Series A330/340 convertible FFS for the A330-200 with three different engines, the A340-300 and the A340-600. The simulator is slated for delivery in 2009 to HOATC's Beijing training site, which provides instruction for pilots, cabin crew and maintenance personnel.
"This investment is part of Hua Ou's plan to continuously enhance its support to the Chinese and Asian customers with a high standard of training and state-of-the-art facilities," observed HOATC GM Raymond Lim. "The new simulator has incorporated the latest development of aviation technology and will help ensure our training standard."
Separately, CAE sold one 787 simulator and one 777-300ER simulator to Air New Zealand. The 777 device will be delivered in 2010 to coincide with arrival of ANZ's first -300ER, with the 787 FFS to follow in 2012. CAE is providing a suite of Simfinity training devices for each aircraft type to be used for both pilot and maintenance training.
"CAE's technology and product quality combined with their responsiveness made CAE the ideal choice for our Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 training programs," ANZ Group Capability GM Jignasha Patel said. "We are committed to offering our pilots as well as third-party customers the highest quality flight training programs and we look forward to a long-term relationship with CAE as our simulation equipment provider for these aircraft."