Canadian simulator maker CAE notched sales of three of the company’s 7000 Series full-flight simulators in deals valued at around $45 million. The contracts cover a Boeing 747-8 Freighter simulator for Cargolux International Airlines, a Boeing 777-300ER for Dubai flag carrier Emirates and an Embraer ERJ-145 destined for Hainan Airlines, China’s fourth largest air carrier.
These orders bring total sales of CAE simulators booked for the first quarter to 13, the company said. All of them will be approved to level-D standard, the industry’s highest. The CAE simulators included in these three most recent sales will incorporate the manufacturer’s Tropos-6000 visual system and liquid-crystal-on-silicon projectors for improved image fidelity, the manufacturer said.
Cargolux, Europe’s biggest all-cargo airline and the launch customer for the 747-8F, will also receive a number of Simfinity training devices including cockpit procedure trainers and “virtual” simulators that are intended to reduce the amount of time crews need to spend in the full-motion simulator. As part of this deal, CAE will also upgrade Cargolux’s 747-400F simulator with the Tropos-6000 visual system.
The 777-300ER simulator for Emirates marks the fourth the airline has ordered and will be its ninth CAE simulator when the device is installed at the airline’s crew training center in Dubai next spring.