BY A CORRESPONDENT
Geneva, May 19, 2005 – Jet Aviation has expanded the scope of its business aviation pilot training with Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) by signing a new contract for Gulfstream IV, V and G550 pilot training at ECFT’s facilities in Dubai, U.A.E. In addition, Jet Aviation has renewed a longstanding contract for B737 Boeing Business Jet training with ECFT.
Under the terms of the agreement, Jet Aviation has committed to conducting its pilot training with CAE for Gulfstream IV (including G300 and G400) and Gulfstream V (including G500 and G550) as well as for the 737 BBJ aircraft family fleet. ECFT will offer its new training program for the G550 business jet, the most recent version of the Gulfstream V aircraft family, beginning in fall 2005.
Emirates’ Chairman, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum signed the contract with Heinz Köhli, CEO of the Jet Aviation Group of Companies.
“I am very pleased to welcome Jet Aviation once again to use Emirates-CAE Flight Training for its pilot training,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum.“These contracts with a business aircraft operator of the calibre of Jet Aviation reaffirm the high standard of training and support offered by our Dubai-based facility to customers worldwide.”
“Jet Aviation has been training with Emirates-CAE Flight Training for several years now. We are proud that they have shown confidence in our abilities yet again,” said Jeff Roberts, CAE’s Group President, Civil Training and Services. “Repeat business is always a welcome sign that we are meeting our customer’s needs.”
ECFT, jointly operated by Emirates and CAE under a long-term teaming agreement, is located next to Dubai International Airport. Housing seven full-flight simulators, the centre can train up to 4,000 pilots annually. In April of this year, ECFT’s second Boeing B737 NGNG/BBJ full-flight simulator received FAA Level-D and JAA Level-D-equivalent qualification, the highest level performance rating for flight training equipment.
Emirates is the world’s fastest-growing intercontinental airline, one of the world’s five most profitable and among the 15 largest ones. The airline is based in Dubai, one of the few cities in the world that pursues an open-skies policy, with more than 110 airlines in free and fair competition. Its 76 aircraft embracing all wide-bodied fleet is among the youngest in the skies with an average age of 55 months. The airline plans to more than double its size by 2012. For more information, visit www.emirates.com.
Jet Aviation was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is the leading business aviation service company today. More than 3,500 personnel are employed in over 60 facilities and stations worldwide. The company provides maintenance, completions and engineering services, fixed base operations, along with aircraft sales, charter, and management on a global basis. Jet Aviation's U.S. and European aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet of more than 160 aircraft and provided close to 60,000 hours in global flight operations in 2004. For more information, visit www.jetaviation.com.
CAE is a leading provider of simulation and modelling technologies as well as integrated training services for commercial and business aviation, and defence customers worldwide. The company has annual revenues of approximately C$1 billion, with operations and training facilities in 17 countries on five continents.
BY A CORRESPONDENT