Dubai, UAE - November 19, 2007 – Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) has welcomed Abu Dhabi-based Prestige Jet as its latest client for business jet training. The training contract was signed at the 10th Dubai Airshow by Gary Chapman, Emirates’ President Group Services & Dnata; Faris Deeb, Managing Director, Prestige Jet; and Jeff Roberts, Group President, Innovation & Civil Training & Services, CAE. Gary Chapman said: “I am pleased to welcome Prestige Jet to our facilities at Emirates-CAE Flight Training, which has established itself as the training facility of choice for quite a number of business jet operators in the region. “Prestige Jet’s flight crew will be assured the highest standards of training with the best equipment available in comfortable and pleasant surroundings.” Under the agreement, Prestige Jet’s flight crew will undergo training using the Hawker 800/800XP and Gulfstream full-flight simulators, in addition to participating in classroom-based training.
Jeff Roberts (left) Group President, Innovation & Civil Training & Services, CAE, and Faris Deeb (centre), Managing Director, Prestige Jet, shake hands following their signing of the training contract between Emirates-CAE Flight Training and Prestige Jet. Also seen is Gary Chapman, Emirates’ President Group Services & Dnata.
Faris Deeb said: “We are delighted to be among the first to obtain training slots at Emirates-CAE Flight Training. The facility will afford us greater flexibility in our training schedules and provide a cost-effective alternative to existing training programs which require extensive travel and downtime for our aircraft, which, for a small but fast-growing airline like ours, is a critical factor. Moreover, we will be able to maintain our on-going training to the highest international standards for our crews right on our doorstep.
“Another major plus for Prestige Jet is that ECFT is also equipped to meet our aggressive fleet expansion program over the next few years, as it can provide training for a wide variety of aircraft types,” added Mr Deeb.
ECFT will also take the flight crew through courses such as Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Safety and Emergency Procedures (SEP), in addition to flight simulation programs.
“We’re delighted to welcome Prestige Jet to the growing list of business jet operators training with ECFT, where they will enjoy a comprehensive training program specifically tailored to their needs,” said Jeff Roberts. “The Middle East is an important and growing market for aviation, and ECFT is well positioned to provide world-class training services to customers across this region.”
Earlier this year, ECFT ordered a new CAE 5000 Series Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 800 XPi and a CAE 7000 Series Bombardier Global Express full-flight simulator, both of which will be installed and commissioned by the second half of 2009.
The simulators will feature the CAE TrueTM Electric Motion System, as well as CAE’s next-generation visual solution, including the new CAE Tropos TM 6000 visual system and Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) projectors.
The CAE 5000 Series full-flight simulator for the Hawker 800 XPi will be the first 5000 Series simulator designed and manufactured for that aircraft type. CAE launched the 5000 Series earlier this year.
About Emirates-CAE Flight Training
Emirates-CAE Flight Training is located close to Dubai International Airport and is jointly operated by the Emirates Group and CAE. Approved by both the JAA and the FAA (FAA Part 142 & TRTO), the facility offers training to commercial airlines and business jet operators in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The 14-bay centre currently houses 10 full-flight simulators: two Airbus A320/ACJs, an Airbus A330/340, a Boeing 777, two Boeing 737 NG/BBJs, a Gulfstream IV and a Gulfstream V/550, a Hawker 800/800XP and a Bell 412 helicopter simulator.
About Prestige Jet
Prestige Jet was formed in early 2007. It is a subsidiary of the Al Yasi Group, Abu Dhabi. The company is actively positioning to expand its aviation interests and support the growing need for travel around the region, as well as its many discerning clients. Prestige Jet offers its clients an exclusive and seamless experience of chartering executive jets within the Middle East and beyond.
Prestige Jet aims to own a mixed fleet of aircraft for its own and clients use, whilst its sister company Prestige Air Charter, will promote and expand the fleet and offer ad hoc brokerage business throughout the region.
About Emirates Group
The Emirates Group comprises Emirates Airline, Dnata, the largest travel services provider in the Middle East, and a number of other commercial companies.
Based in Dubai, Emirates is one of the world’s most successful, and rapidly-expanding airlines. Its all wide-body fleet of 111 aircraft criss-cross the globe, serving 97 cities in 61 countries. Emirates is currently the only airline to operate non-stop flights to six continents from one hub. Although owned by the government of Dubai, Emirates is financially independent and receives no subsidies or protection. It operates and competes with more than 110 airlines operating in Dubai under the city’s “Open skies” regime. Emirates has been profitable every year since inception, with the exception of the second. Annual growth has never fallen below 20 per cent. In its last full financial year, Emirates reported its 19th consecutive year of profits at US$844 million, and carried 17.5 million passengers. www.ekgroup.com
CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation industry and defence forces around the globe. With annual revenues exceeding C$1 billion, CAE employs approximately 6,000 people at more than 75 sites and training locations in 20 countries. We have the largest installed base of civil and military full-flight simulators and training devices. Through our global network of 27 civil aviation and military training centres, we train more than 75,000 crewmembers yearly. We also offer modelling and simulation software to various market segments and through CAE’s professional services division, we assist customers with a wide range of simulation-based needs. www.cae.com
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