CAE and LAN Airlines inaugurate the expansion of Chile training center for pilots and cabin crew
Santiago, Chile, November 10, 2011 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) CAE, a world leader in simulation and training for airlines, inaugurated today the expansion of its training center for pilots and cabin crew with LAN Airlines S.A. (LAN) (IPSA: LAN / NYSE: LFL), a leading Latin American airline for both passengers and cargo.
CAE recently expanded the facility to twice its previous capacity. The six bay facility is today one of the most modern and largest training centers in South America and represents a total investment of US$40 million.
The center has two simulators for Airbus A320, two for Boeing 767-300ER, as well as a three-dimensional (3D) flat-panel integrated procedures trainer (IPT) for training on Airbus A320 and A340, two door trainers and two scale models to train crews in case of an emergency evacuation of the cabin.
The training venue was expanded to provide LAN with increased capacity to train future pilots. With this expansion, the center is able to train 4,500 pilots and 3,000 cabin crew per year. Each simulator will operate 20 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The inauguration event was attended by CAE and LAN employees as well as industry representatives.
“South America is one of the fastest-growing civil aviation markets of the world and our expanded training center will train the thousands of pilots and cabin crew who will be needed by LAN,” said Glenn Frederick, CAE Executive Vice President and Regional Business Leader for the Americas.
"At LAN, we are pleased and proud to train our pilots using the latest technology offered by CAE simulators. The flight simulators which are starting operation today are at the forefront of the industry and allow us to to instruct more pilots per year, which we see as a priority given the rapid growth of our fleet and the pace of the global airline industry, "said LAN’s Vice President of Services and Operations Enrique Elsaca.
The CAE Santiago facility opened in 2004 and is located near the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago. LAN cabin crew training will be initiated this month. In addition to LAN, the centre provides training for several other airlines in South America.