Etihad Airways has purchased seven state-of-the-art full flight simulators (FFS), which will be based at the airline’s world-class training academy in Abu Dhabi.
The deal with Canadian manufacturer CAE, worth more than $ 200 m at list prices, will see Etihad Airways take delivery of its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 FFS, and will support the airline’s growing training requirements.
In total Etihad Airways has ordered three Boeing 787 FFS, one Airbus A380 FFS, one Airbus A350 FFS, and two Airbus A320 FFS. All are CAE 7000 Series models.
The airline currently has four CAE FFS — one Boeing 777, one Airbus A320 and two Airbus A330/340s.
A multimillion dollar extension project is currently being undertaken at the training academy and is due for completion in early November 2013, with the first of the new FFS, an A320, scheduled for delivery later that month.
The remaining FFS will arrive during the following 12 months.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and CEO, said: “The pilot training requirements for Etihad Airways, as well as members of our equity alliance, continue to grow and these new full flight simulators will ensure we are ideally placed for the next phase in our expansion.”
The deal with CAE includes update services for the FFS and an exclusive 10-year agreement for training equipment and services.
The flight training devices include CAE Simfinity Airbus Pilot Transition trainers and CAE Simfinity Integrated Procedures Trainers.
Arif Lalani, Canada’s Ambassador to the UAE, said: “This agreement demonstrates the economic opportunities that result from the strong and innovative commercial relationships that exist between our two countries.”
Nick Leontidis, CAE’s group president, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services, said: “The sophistication of the full flight simulators and software technology is breathtaking and will serve the airline, and its partners, very well over the coming decade.”