DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and MONTREAL, CANADA--(Marketwire - July 11, 2011) - (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) - Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT), the joint venture between Emirates Group and CAE, today announced that they will open a second facility in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2012 to provide additional training capacity for airline pilots and aviation maintenance technicians.
The facility will initially house four full-flight simulator (FFS) bays with plans to expand to as many as 10 bays. The first FFSs installed will replicate the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families of aircraft.
"Continued strong airline growth in the Middle East and neighbouring regions is driving the need for additional highly qualified flight deck crew and maintenance personnel," said Gary Chapman, ECFT Chairman. "Our partnership has proven over many years the ability to consistently provide world-class training programs which leverage market-leading simulation technology."
"The agreement between Emirates Group and CAE to launch ECFT was announced 10 years ago this month in July 2001, so it is quite fitting that today we announce another centre to further serve the growing training needs of the region," said Jeff Roberts, CAE's Group President for Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. "Our partnerships with respected organizations such as Emirates have enabled us to serve their crews as well as the training requirements of numerous airlines throughout the region."
The current ECFT facility has played an integral part in the UAE's aviation industry. Located at the Emirates Aviation College campus near Dubai International Airport, the current centre officially opened in 2003 with six FFS bays and is approaching full capacity with 12 full-flight simulators. Training is provided for Airbus A320/ACJ, Boeing 737 NG/BBJ, Boeing 777, Bombardier Global Express, Dassault Falcon 7X, 900EX EASy and 2000EX EASy, Gulfstream IV, V and 550, Hawker Beechcraft 800, 800XP and 800 XCPi, and Bell Helicopter 212 and 412 aircraft types.
The Emirates–CAE Flight Training Centre was the first facility of its kind in the Middle East to be approved by Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards and U.A.E (GCAA) Standards.
About Emirates Group
The Emirates Group's extensive and diverse international portfolio includes Emirates airline, Dubai's 52 year-old household name dnata, Emirates SkyCargo, Emirates Destination and Leisure Management and Skywards. Together with a number of joint venture businesses, the Group comprises more than 50 brands, employing 57,000 people. www.ekgroup.com.
CAE is a global leader in modelling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence. The company employs more than 7,500 people at more than 100 sites and training locations in more than 20 countries. Through CAE's global network of 32 civil aviation, military and helicopter training centres, the company trains more than 80,000 crewmembers yearly. CAE's business is diversified, ranging from the sale of simulation products to providing comprehensive services such as training and aviation services, professional services and in-service support. The company aims to apply its simulation expertise and operational experience to help customers enhance safety, improve efficiency, maintain readiness and solve challenging problems. CAE is now leveraging its simulation capabilities in new markets such as healthcare and mining. www.cae.com