ATHENS – AEGEAN and CAE announced on Thursday that they will join forces to create the first modern Flight Simulator and Crew Training Centre in Greece. In a joint venture, AEGEAN and CAE, the world’s leading company in the field of aviation training for pilots and cabin crew, are combining their forces to establish the most advanced and “green” flight simulator and crew training centre in SE Europe. The AEGEAN – CAE training center with a capacity of up to seven full flight simulators will be part of AEGEAN’s new technical base with a total area of 85,000 m2 that will be created at Athens International Airport.
It is expected to be operational by the end of 2023 and will be the most technologically improved and advanced aviation training hub in Southeast Europe. In the first stage of development, the training centre will have four flight simulators, including two Airbus A320neo, one Boeing 737NG and one ATR 72-600, as well as cabin crew training equipment, while it foresees the installation of three additional simulators. At full development, the centre will be able to train up to 3,500 pilots a year (42,000 training hours) and many times that number of cabin crew.
AEGEAN’s managing director Dimitris Gerogiannis said that the creation of the new training centre of AEGEAN and CAE aims to make Greece a centre for producing pilots and engineers. It is part of AEGEAN’s total investment of 140 million euros to create a modern aviation ecosystem in Greece, announced late last year, while further expanding CAE’s already significant global network of training centres.