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CAE and Sunwing extend pilot training agreement


November 18, 2019
By Wings Staff


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As part of the extended agreement, CAE will deploy a new 7000XR Series Boeing 737 MAX full-flight simulator to CAE Toronto by the end of 2019. (Photo: CAE)

CAE and Sunwing Airlines announced today, at the 2019 Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) Canadian Aviation Conference and Tradeshow, an extension to their exclusive training agreement. The new deal adds five more years to the partnership, which now reaching into 2030.

CAE instructors will continue to train Sunwing Airlines’ pilots on the Boeing 737NG aircraft platform at training centres throughout its network, including CAE Montreal and CAE Toronto. To help support this pilot-training agreement with Sunwing Airlines, CAE notes it will deploy a new CAE 7000XR Series Boeing 737 MAX full-flight simulator (FFS) to CAE Toronto by the end of 2019.

“CAE and its instructors provide our pilots with an excellent training experience, so extending our partnership for an additional five years felt like a natural choice for us,” said Mark Williams, president, Sunwing Airlines. “We look forward to seeing our pilots train in its state-of-the-art, full-flight simulators such as the new Boeing 737 MAX at the Toronto CAE facility.”

CAE has been providing pilot training solutions for Sunwing Airlines on Boeing 737NG platforms since 2006 and will now be training its pilots on the Boeing 737 MAX FFS in its Toronto training centre. Headquartered in Misssissauga, Sunwing describes itself as the largest integrated travel company in North America, with more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier, including direct service from more than 33 airports across Canada to more than 45 sun destinations.

“Sunwing’s growth over the last five years has been very impressive, and CAE is proud to continue supporting the airline with pilot training solutions for many more years to come,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s group president of Civil Aviation Training Solutions.