CAE has signed an exclusive 15-year agreement with the Qantas Group, to develop and operate a new pilot training centre in Sydney, Australia.
CAE will operate the 7,000m2 training center slated to open in early 2024. The center will include a A320 full flight simulator, with additional purchase of Qantas Group’s B787, A330, and B737NG full-flight simulators and associated integrated procedures trainers.
The Qantas Group’s A380 full-flight simulator and emergency procedures equipment will also be relocated to the new CAE Sydney Training Centre, where they will be operated and maintained by CAE. The development is subject to planning approvals, with a submission lodged by LOGOS, who will develop the centre in partnership with CAE and the Qantas Group.
“The Qantas Group has trained its pilots and crew in Sydney for more than half a century. Through this partnership with CAE, we look forward to bringing this critical function back to New South Wales via the new custom-built facility,” said Alan Joyce, Qantas Group’s CEO. “As our international network recovers from the impact of COVID and we grow our fleet, this new training centre will give us the simulator capacity required to train our new and current pilots.”
The center will have capacity for up to eight full-flight simulators, providing training operators to the region and addressing the addition of A350 and A321XLR aircraft to the Qantas Group’s fleet.
Marc Parent, CAE’s President and CEO, said “As the operator of 50+ civil aviation training centres around the world, CAE is uniquely positioned to provide operational efficiencies to the Qantas Group and deliver an exceptional training experience for their pilots.”