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Article Type: News and views From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 3.
CAE recently announced that it had selected Kuala Lumpur as the location for its Southeast Asian training hub, and that it will leverage its existing partnership with AirAsia to develop an aviation centre of excellence and expand within the region. This news follows the announcement last November that CAE had signed a contract to manage AirAsia's Type Rating Training Organization (TRTO) located at the AirAsia Academy to provide pilot training for all of AirAsia's current and future pilots.
CAE will deliver world-class aviation training to pilots, maintenance technicians, and cabin crews for airlines across Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur will also act as CAE's regional hub for Multi- Crew Pilot License and Airbus original equipment manufacturer training.
To mark the occasion, CAE and AirAsia hosted a launch event at the AirAsia Academy. The event was attended by Y.B. Dato' Sri Chan Kong Choy, Minister of Transport of Malaysia; Dato' Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad; Captain Subramaniam Cumaraswamy, Head of Type TRTO of AirAsia Academy; and Mr Jeff Roberts, Group President, Innovation and Civil Training & Services, CAE.
The AirAsia Academy, located near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport Low Cost Carrier Terminal Sepang, is currently equipped with three simulators: two CAE-built Airbus A320s belonging to AirAsia and a Boeing 737-300 owned by CAE. CAE has already committed to add another Airbus A320 simulator and an Airbus A330 simulator over the next 12 months. CAE will add full-flight simulators, advanced training aids, a simulation based training curriculum and courseware that meet market demand.