CAE announced today at the 2018 European Airline Training Symposium (EATS), that it has signed a long-term training contract with easyJet valued at more than C$170 million over the next 10 years. Under the agreement, all of easyJet’s pilots will train at CAE, which will expand its training network to provide the airline with three new European pilot training locations, equipped with a fleet of CAE’s latest XR Series flight simulators. CAE will provide easyJet with state-of-the-art pilot training solutions at training centres located in London Gatwick and Manchester in the UK, as well as Milan, Italy.

CAE will build a new state-of-the-art training centre in London-Gatwick with a dedicated space to serve easyJet’s training needs and will deploy nine Airbus A320-family full-flight simulators (FFSs) and three flight training devices (FTDs) in the new London Gatwick centre, and two additional training locations in Manchester, UK and Milan, Italy. The centres will be ready for training starting in the second half of 2019.

Chris Browne, easyJet’s Chief Operating Officer commented: “The safety and welfare of our customers and crew is easyJet’s number one priority and by choosing CAE as our training partner of choice and investing in the most advanced technologies, we not only continue to enhance the quality of our pilot training, we maintain and enhance our commitment to safety. This represents one of the biggest deals of its kind in Europe in the last five years and we are pleased to be working with CAE as a trusted and highly innovative training provider to help ensure easyJet is a centre of excellence for crew training.”