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CAE signs contract to train pilots for IndiGo

June 14, 2011, Montreal - CAE announced today that it has signed a five-year contract with IndiGo Airlines to train ab initio pilot cadets at CAE Global Academy Gondia, India and CAE type-rating training centres.

June 14, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

The new IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program is specifically designed by CAE and IndiGo to enable aspiring young pilot candidates to receive both their initial Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and an Airbus A320 Type Rating in a focused and efficient way.

IndiGo, India's second largest airline, recently placed an order for 180 Airbus A320 series aircraft, including the new A320neo.

"IndiGo is committed to contributing to the growth of commercial aviation in India. This means creating more job opportunities and helping youngsters chase their dreams of building stable careers in the airline business. I am delighted that CAE has agreed to partner with us in this cause. We like the flexibility that CAE offers us in training the cadets to our company's protocols and standards," said Aditya Ghosh, President of IndiGo. "This is a natural fit for IndiGo since we have been training our pilots with CAE since we started operations five years ago. With CAE we have seen the highest standards of training quality."

IndiGo will support cadets to become professional pilots at CAE Global Academy Gondia, the newest flight school in India. Also known as the National Flying Training Institute (NFTI), the school is a joint venture of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and CAE.


After obtaining their CPL, cadets will be type rated on the Airbus 320 at CAE's training centre in Bangalore or other centres in CAE's global network. CAE also has the largest and most global network for civil aircraft type ratings with 25 training centres and more than 150 full-flight simulators in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America.

We are excited to be extending our relationship with IndiGo to now include the ab initio IndiGo Cadet Pilot Program," said Walter Visser, Vice President, CAE Global Academy and leader of CAE's Pilot Solutions services and Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) programs. "We are committed to working with IndiGo to tailor training programs which meet their growing need for the highest-quality pilots."

The CAE Global Academy is the world's largest network of professional flight schools with 11 campuses in nine countries on five continents – Australia, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, India, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Portugal, and the United States. With a fleet of nearly 300 aircraft, CAE Global Academy has the capacity to train about 1800 ab initio pilots annually.


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