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Etihad prepares for new arrivals with simulator purchase

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Etihad Airways has purchased seven full flight simulators which will be based at the airline’s training academy in Abu Dhabi.

The deal with Canadian manufacturer CAE, worth more than US$200m at list prices, will see Etihad Airways take delivery of its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 simulators, and will support the airline’s growing training requirements.

In total Etihad Airways has ordered three Boeing 787 FFS, one Airbus A380 FFS, one Airbus A350 FFS, and two Airbus A320 FFS.

All are CAE 7000 Series models.

The airline currently has four CAE FFS: one Boeing 777, one Airbus A320 and two Airbus A330/340s.

A multimillion dollar extension project is currently being undertaken at the training academy and is due for completion in early November 2013, with the first of the new FFS, an A320, scheduled for delivery later that month.

The remaining FFS will arrive during the following 12 months.

“The pilot training requirements for Etihad Airways, as well as members of our equity alliance, continue to grow and these new full flight simulators will ensure we are ideally placed for the next phase in our expansion,” said James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president.

“We place great emphasis on the efficiency of our operations and the safety of our passengers and this deal means we will be using the most advanced training technologies for the broadest range of aircraft types.

The construction work at the training academy will double its size and eventually house 11 full flight simulators and be among the best in the world.”