CAE signed a new five-year training agreement for AirAsia’s long-haul pilots. The agreement extends the use of the CAE Rise training system to AirAsia’s long-haul affiliate, AirAsia X, on the Airbus A330 platform. CAE is providing initial training for the airline’s pilots and will soon undertake recurrent training at CAE’s training centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, starting in July 2019.

Captain Desmond Voo, AirAsia X’s Chief Pilot Training and Standards said, “We’ve embarked on a mission to digitise every aspect of our business, and by implementing CAE Rise we’re able to better train and develop our pilots using real-life scenarios and data.”

Nick Leontidis, CAE’s group president, Civil Aviation Training Solutions, said, “Our CAE Rise Training System will give instructors a new approach to objectively assess pilot competencies using live data during training sessions. It will provide real-time insights and standardized evaluations in accordance with the airlines Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).”

The partnership further evolved into the launch of a Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) cadet training program to the complete outsourcing of AirAsia's training needs, and most recently, the launch of the CAE Rise training system.