Canadian Manufacturing

Montreal firm sells six flight training simulators for $85M

Four customers, including Bombardier, ink deals with CAE for simulators to be delivered through 2014



MONTREAL—Aviation technology firm CAE has sold six flight simulators in deals worth more than $85-million total.

According to CAE, Bombardier Aerospace, Alaska Airlines, the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence (AACE) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Zhuhai Flight Training Centre (ZFTC) in China have each put pen to paper with the Montreal-based company, bringing its total sales of the flight simulators for 2013 to 16.

“We are excited about supporting Bombardier once again in their new aircraft development programs using CAE’s unique simulation engineering expertise and we are very pleased to welcome Alaska Airlines as a new full-flight simulator customer,” CAE’s group president of civil simulation Jeff Roberts said in a statement.

“Through the simulator orders from the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence and the Zhuhai training centre, we are happy to support the growth of the fleets of China Southern, Air Asia and other airlines throughout Asia.”

Under the agreement with Bombardier, CAE says it will provide a simulator to support the design, testing and certification of Bombardier’s Global 7000 and 8000 aircraft platforms.

Alaska Airlines’ order marks its first full-flight simulator order with CAE.

The CAE 7000 Series Boeing 737-800 simulator will be delivered in 2014 to Alaska’s training centre in Seattle, Wash., according to CAE.

The CAE 5000 Series A320 full-flight simulator will be the seventh for AACE and will be delivered in 2013.

AACE is a joint venture between AirAsia and CAE.

CAE will deliver three full-flight simulators for Airbus A330, Boeing 737 and Boeing 777 training to ZFTC by the end of 2013.

ZFTC is a joint venture between China Southern Airlines and CAE, and is the largest independent commercial aviation training centre in China, with 24 simulators installed or on order.

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