CAE is growing its cadet intake at its training centre in Madrid. In May 2017, CAE announced the expansion of its cadet training network to Spain with its Madrid-based integrated ATPL programme, followed with the launch of a new cadet training programme in partnership with European low-cost carrier Volotea in August 2017. A total of 17 cadets have started at CAE Madrid to date, with the first six recently completing the EASA ATPL ground school and commencing the flying phase at CAE's flight academy in Phoenix, Arizona. The next class of 20 cadets will begin training in the fourth quarter of 2018.
CAE Madrid is the result of a joint venture established in 2004 between CAE and Iberia Airlines. Through this partnership, CAE and Iberia Airlines train over 10,000 pilot and cabin crew every year, serving the growing pilot training needs of multiple operators in Spain and across the region, including Iberia Airlines, Vueling, Volotea, Air Europa, Stobart Air, Air Nostrum, White Airways, and Binter Canarias.