Two Airbus A320 full-flight simulators (FFS) to be delivered at the airline’s new facility in Budapest, Hungary
New exclusive 10-year training centre operations services
CAE and Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the fastest growing airlines in Europe, announced today the expansion of their training relationship through the provision of two new Airbus A320 FFS and the signature of an exclusive 10-year training centre operations services agreement to support the airline's growth in Europe.
The two CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulators (FFS) equipped with the innovative CAE Tropos™ 6000XR visual system will be delivered at Wizz Air’s new Training Center, which will open in Budapest, Hungary in the second half of 2018. CAE will also operate and maintain the airline’s training equipment at the new facility. The sale of the two FFSs was included as part of the undisclosed customers mentioned in CAE’s quarterly results announcement dated February 9, 2018.
“CAE has been our partner of choice for the past 10 years, delivering an excellent training experience to our pilots”, said Diederik Pen, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Wizz Air. “As we are continuously expanding our WIZZ network and our operations, we will soon open a brand-new training facility, for which we are counting on CAE once again, this time for its state-of-the-art training equipment and comprehensive training solutions. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with the leader in training”.
“CAE is proud to support Wizz Air for the next decade,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “The expansion of this training agreement is a testament to our enduring commitment to provide our customers with the most comprehensive training solutions.”
CAE and Wizz Air share a relationship that spans a decade, with the provisioning of pilot training. This is the first time the airline orders training equipment and training services from CAE.
CAE is a global leader in the delivery of training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. We design and integrate the industry's most comprehensive training solutions, anchored by the knowledge and expertise of our 8,500 employees, our world-leading simulation technologies and a track record of service and technology innovation spanning seven decades. Our global presence is the broadest in the industry, with 160 sites and training locations in 35 countries, including our joint venture operations, and the world's largest installed base of flight simulators. Each year, we train more than 120,000 civil and defence crewmembers, as well as thousands of healthcare professionals. www.cae.com
About Wizz Air
Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, operates a fleet of 95 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft, and offers more than 600 routes from 28 bases, connecting 141 destinations across 44 countries. At Wizz Air, a team of more than 3,500 aviation professionals delivers superior service and very low ticket prices making Wizz Air the preferred choice of 23.8 million passengers in the financial year ended 31 March 2017. Wizz Air is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker WIZZ and is included in the FTSE 250 and FTSE All-Share Indices. Wizz Air is registered under the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the global benchmark in airline safety recognition. The company was recently named 2017 - European Airline of the Year by Aviation 100, a renown annual publication that recognizes the year’s most outstanding performers in the aerospace industry.