CAE, Emirates mark 20-year collaboration
Dec. 9, 2013, Dubai, U.A.E. - CAE and Emirates marked a 20-year partnership, and celebrated a successful business relationship that has grown from strength to strength since 1993, when Emirates purchased its first CAE-built flight simulator.
The airline has since gone on to acquire 11 more full-flight simulators from CAE. In 2002, the two entered into a training joint venture with the establishment of Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) which now operates two centres in Dubai, and trains more than 10,000 pilots and technicians a year.
"CAE is proud to have been Emirates' trusted training partner for the past 20 years and we hope to continue this successful relationship for the next 20," said Marc Parent, CAE president and chief executive officer. "Emirates is the world's largest international airline, its growth is unique and we are proud to continue supporting Emirates' need for more and more sophisticated training technology. We are also happy to continue growing our successful joint venture and providing the region with the most advanced training solutions."
Emirates, with a diverse global network that links Canada and other developed nations with the thriving markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, flies an all-wide body fleet of 208 aircraft, including the world's largest fleet of the Boeing 777s and A380s. At this year's Dubai Air Show the airline announced the biggest aircraft order in civil aviation history, purchasing 150 Boeing 777X and 50 additional A380s worth US$ 99 billion at list prices.
"For the past 20 years Emirates and CAE have worked together to support the growth of the aviation industry in Dubai and the UAE," said Adel Al Redha, executive vice president and chief operations officer, Emirates airline. "The relationship between our two companies parallels that of the relationship between the UAE and Canada – strong, beneficial, and an economic success."