Aviation training group, CAE Group, is expanding its training capacity in Asia with new A320 training centres in Bangkok and Gurugram, India.
The Bangkok centre is being established to support Thai AirAsia’s growth in the region. In addition, CAE will open a brand-new training centre in Gurugram, National Capital Region (NCR) to support pilot training needs in India.
“These new training centres will provide local training solutions to meet the growing needs of our customers in Asia,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group president, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “Asia is set to have the strongest demand for pilots over the next two decades, and CAE will be there to support growth in the region with the most comprehensive training solutions.”
As part of CAE’s existing long-term agreement with Thai AirAsia, the brand-new CAE Bangkok training centre will be located near Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) and will provide a local solution to Thai AirAsia and support third party regional airline operators.
The new training centre will have a training capacity of up to six full-flight simulators and will be operational in 2020, subject to regulatory approvals. CAE has been providing training to Thai AirAsia at CAE Kuala Lumpur for more than 10 years.
At CAE New Delhi Gurugram – CAE Simulation Training Private Limited (CSTPL) training centre is a joint venture between InterGlobe Enterprises and CAE. The new training centre located near the Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Gurugram, National Capital Region (NCR), will provide a local solution to pilot training for its airline partners and regional third-party operators.
This new training centre will have two simulators and will be deployed in 2020. CAE’s current joint venture training centre, is located in Greater Noida near New Delhi.
The CAE group also signed commercial aviation training contracts with a new Korean low-cost carrier in South Korea, Fly Gangwon. Philippine Airlines, an existing CAE training customer, also signed a new two-year agreement for pilot training with CAE Singapore – Singapore CAE Flight Training (SCFT) and CAE Tokyo – JAL CAE Flight Training (JCFT) joint ventures.
“We are excited to welcome a brand-new Korean carrier to CAE’s training network and we are proud to build on our existing relationships in Asia,” says Leontidis. “We are witnessing rapid growth in South Korea’s aviation market driven by low-cost carriers, and CAE’s comprehensive suite of training services will ensure their pilots are trained to the highest standards in the region.”
Fly Gangwon, a new Korean low-cost carrier, based in Yangyang, has signed a five-year exclusive pilot training agreement with CAE for the B737 aircraft platform at CAE Seoul. Later this year, pilots will begin their initial type-rating training with CAE instructors at the centre.
Philippine Airlines has signed a new two-year pilot training agreement with CAE Singapore – SCFT on the B777 FFS and with CAE Tokyo – JCFT on the A350 FFS.