SINGAPORE 2012: CAE signs MPL training deal with AirAsia

CAE and AirAsia have signed a five-year contract through which CAE will train more than 200 additional new AirAsia A320 first officers in a competency-based Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) programme to be conducted at training locations in Malaysia.

“AirAsia’s growth requires a steady supply of highly qualified and well-trained pilots and other skilled aviation personnel. The CAE programme is the world’s premier MPL training curriculum, and we have seen first-hand in our flight operations that it is producing the next generation of pilots who will fly safely and efficiently,” remarked AirAsia’s, group CEO, Tony Fernandes.

The first AirAsia-sponsored CAE MPL cadets graduated in mid-2011 and are now flying revenue flights for the airline as A320 first officers. A second AirAsia-sponsored MPL class is currently training at CAE.

“We commend AirAsia for their commitment to competency-based cadet training,” remarked Jeff Roberts, CAE group president, civil simulation products, training and services. “Their decision is validation that the new first officers have met or exceeded every expectation, and a testament to the systematic rigour and high-quality governance which the CAE MPL team designed and implemented throughout this innovative programme. The standards are regarded as the highest in the world for an MPL programme.”

All four phases of the MPL training are conducted in Malaysia, including elements at the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence (AACE), a CAE–AirAsia joint venture training facility located in Kuala Lumpur.

Photo shows AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes (right) and Jeff Roberts, CAE group president, civil simulation products, training and services, celebrating with the signing of the five-year Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) training contract, together with AirAsia crew members.

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