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CAE, Japan Airlines to implement training program in Japan

Oct. 22, 2013, Montreal - CAE and Japan Airlines announced today that they have signed a contract for the delivery of Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) training by CAE to Japan Airlines pilot cadets.

October 23, 2013  By Carey Fredericks

Under the long-term contract, CAE will train Japan Airlines pilot cadets, starting in the spring of 2014 with a first phase of more than 100 pilot cadets. With this first MPL training program to be implemented in Japan, Japan Airlines joins the growing list of major airlines around the world adopting MPL.

MPL is the most advanced training and licensing methodology used to develop ab initio students directly into First Officers within a specific commercial airline environment. It leverages competency-based training methods and introduces pilot trainees to the multi-crew environment at an early stage of their training. MPL puts more emphasis on simulation-based training in order to increase pilot cadets' ability to fly safely, better prepare them for the realities of airline operations, and reduce training program duration by up to 30%. Today, over 1,000 MPL graduates are flying successfully with their airlines. CAE has MPL programs with airlines in Asia and in Europe.

"We are delighted to partner with CAE to implement MPL training for our pilot cadets. Japan Airlines is committed to the highest quality and most efficient pilot training, and we believe the MPL training program developed with CAE will achieve this while further enhancing our operations," said Captain Naoshi Kojima, President of Flight Training & Check, Planning and Development, Flight Operations, Japan Airlines. "As a leading training provider who offers the largest number of MPL programs, CAE brings the unparalleled level of expertise and know-how required to meet Japan Airlines' high standards for pilot training."

"CAE's relationship with Japan Airlines spans over 30 years and we are pleased to be enhancing that relationship. With the implementation of a tailored MPL program, we will be meeting the specific needs of one of the world's major airlines as well as becoming their primary source of cadets," said Nick Leontidis, CAE Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. "As always, CAE is dedicated to offering customers innovative training solutions that can provide the highest level of safety while improving efficiency."


MPL was launched seven years ago by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and continues to gain popularity. A symposium on MPL training hosted by ICAO is scheduled in Montreal on December 10-12, 2013 with an aim to share experience and provide additional information to the aviation industry.


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