11 Jul 2013 09:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, 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 US$ 200m 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 Chief Executive, 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.
“We place great emphasis on
the efficiency of our operations and the safety of our passengers and this deal
means we will be using the most advanced training technologies for the broadest
range of aircraft types. The construction work at the training academy will double
its size and eventually house 11 full flight simulators and be among the best in
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.
CAE will continue to update
Etihad Airways’ existing four CAE-built FFS to the latest aircraft
configurations and technology. The technology includes the latest generation
CAE Tropos 6000 XR visual system.
H.E. Arif Lalani, Canada's
Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, said: “This long term agreement between
Etihad Airways and CAE demonstrates the economic opportunities that result from
the strong and innovative commercial relationships that exist between our two
“I am proud that Canadian
simulation and training technology and expertise from CAE will continue to be
one of the cornerstones supporting the rapidly growing pilot training
requirements of Etihad Airways.”
Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group
President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services, said: “We are delighted
to continue growing our relationship with Etihad Airways, one of the world’s fastest
growing airlines, and to support the airline with its growing pilot training
“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.”
Etihad Airways currently has a fleet of 77 Airbus and Boeing narrow and
wide body aircraft, and more than 90 aircraft on firm order, including 41
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 Airbus 380s, the world’s largest passenger