JetBlue prepares for A220 entry-into-service with CAE

CAE has confirmed the sale of two Airbus A220-300 CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulators (FFS) and two CAE 500XR flight training devices (FTD) to JetBlue Airways as it prepares for the entry-into-service of its new aircraft.

The two CAE 7000XR Series FFSs wil be equipped with the CAE Tropos 6000XR visual system. The first FFS and FTD will be delivered in the first half of 2020 at JetBlue University, in Orlando, Florida.

“The Airbus A220 is a key component of JetBlue’s growth strategy and we are thrilled to be part of this airline’s journey,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group president Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “We have been partners with JetBlue for over 15 years, and the purchase of these new FFSs and FTDs is yet another testament to the value CAE brings to its airline partners.”

“We are pleased to extend our long-standing partnership with CAE,” said Steve Forte, vice-president JetBlue University. “These state-of-the-art training devices will help us develop industry leading training programs to ensure a smooth launch of the A220.”

CAE and JetBlue Airways share a training relationship with the Gateway Select pilot provisioning programme. To date, more than 60 aspiring pilots have started training in the Gateway Select Program. CAE also holds an exclusive training centre operations services agreement to support the airline’s growth at JetBlue’s University in Orlando.

With this addition, CAE has sold a total of eight A220 full-flight simulators to operators worldwide.

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