MONTREAL, Nov. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - (NYSE: CGT; TSX: CAE) - CAE and AirAsia
have signed a contract which gives CAE the responsibility of managing
AirAsia's Type Rating Training Organization (TRTO) located at the AirAsia
Academy, KLIA Kuala Lumpur to provide pilot training for all of AirAsia's
current and future pilots. CAE will also market excess training capacity of
AirAsia's TRTO to third parties. The contract is valued at more than
C$50 million (about RM175 million) over 10 years.
Starting in 2008, CAE will begin offering the pilot training services at
AirAsia's six-bay simulator training centre at AirAsia Academy, which is
located near the KLIA Low Cost Carrier Terminal in Kuala Lumpur. The TRTO is
equipped with three simulators: two Airbus A320s belonging to AirAsia and a
Boeing 737-300 owned by CAE. As part of the agreement, CAE will add another
Airbus A320 simulator and an Airbus A330 simulator within the next 14 months.
CAE will conduct initial Type Rating and Cross Crew Qualification (CCQ)
courses for Airbus A320, Airbus A330, and Boeing 737 aircraft exclusively for
Dato' Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad
said: "We have always believed in investing in the future of our people and
our training center, and will continue to produce pilots that contribute to
Malaysia and the aviation industry. We are glad our early vision in investment
is reaping rewards. We have never compromised on our training standards thus
we strongly believe CAE's extensive expertise and vast experience are able to
escalate AirAsia's standards to greater heights. This training will provide
the necessary tools for our pilots to ensure that the highest quality and
safety standards are always met."
"This contract will allow us to concentrate on our core business of
flying our passengers safely while entrusting CAE to provide us with
best-in-class training services. This move is in accordance with our goal in
developing a ready pool of pilots to serve our ever expanding fleet and route
expansion. And of course, the cost-efficient business model they offer is
certainly a bonus to us!" concluded Dato' Tony.
Captain Subramaniam Cumaraswamy, Head of Type Rating Training
Organization (TRTO) of AirAsia Academy said: "Excellent aviation training
standards are essential for better professionalism as it will be reflected
through our people. The new training managed by CAE's experts reflects
AirAsia's commitment to Malaysia and to the regions where we fly to and
provide the best for our passengers. Thus we are very excited about this new
undertaking by CAE as they have been maintaining our simulators for the past
four years and are doing a great job at it. We have established a good working
relationship with them since then."
"We are delighted to have been chosen by AirAsia, Asia's leading and
largest low cost carrier. This is testimony to the success of our relationship
and we look forward to continuing to provide AirAsia with quality and
cost-effective training solutions to meet their growing needs," said Jeff
Roberts, Group President, Innovation and Civil Training & Services at CAE.
"This contract reinforces our presence in this important market, and
significantly boosts our footprint in Southeast Asia."
Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing markets for aviation in the
world and one experiencing a severe shortage of pilots. More than 1,000 pilots
will be required per year in the region over the next 20 years to meet the
expanding needs of the industry. Within the next few months, CAE will be
looking at significantly increasing its presence in the region by selecting a
location for its principal South-East Asian hub, where an aviation centre of
excellence will be established for the delivery of world class aviation pilot,
maintenance, and cabin crew training. This location will also act as CAE's
regional hub for Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) and Airbus original equipment
manufacturer (OEM) training.
CAE offers training services for pilots and maintenance technicians via a
network of 24 aviation training centres to a range of clients worldwide. To
address the worldwide shortage of pilots, CAE founded the CAE Global Academy,
a global network of flight training organizations. One of the founding members
of the CAE Global Academy, HM Aerospace, is located in Malaysia.
AirAsia was recognized at the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Industrial
Technologies Awards. The coveted Human Capital Development Award is presented
to AirAsia Academy in recognition of the airline's demonstration of excellence
in improving their training quality and human capital development within the
industry. AirAsia has consistently shown innovation in competitive strategies
to stay ahead in this challenging market to emerge as the leading contender
for this Award.
AirAsia has carried over 40 million passengers to date, grown from a
2-aircraft fleet to 62 today and now has the most extensive low cost route
network in the region of over 80 routes - all within the grasp of six years in
operation. The airline today is proud to be a truly ASEAN airline with its
network stretches across 10 ASEAN countries.
In 2006, AirAsia added 13 brand new Airbus A320 aircraft to its fleet.
The aircraft proves to be a winning choice as AirAsia guests enjoy bigger
seating capacity, wider aisles, greater comfort and a quieter ride. Airbus
A320 is reputed to be the most modern and sophisticated aircraft of its class,
with high reliability and low operating costs. With 24 Airbus A320 now in
operation, AirAsia will be adding 126 more to its fleet up to 2014, giving it
the largest, youngest and most modern fleet in the region. For more
information, log on to www.airasia.com.
CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies
and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation industry and defence
forces around the globe. With annual revenues exceeding C$1 billion, CAE
employs approximately 6,000 people at more than 75 sites and training
locations in 20 countries. We have the largest installed base of civil and
military full-flight simulators and training devices. Through our global
network of 27 civil aviation and military training centres, we train more than
75,000 crewmembers yearly. We also offer modelling and simulation software to
various market segments and through CAE's professional services division, we
assist customers with a wide range of simulation-based needs. www.cae.com
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