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CAE and LAN Airlines Expand Training Center in Chile

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CAE has expanded its training center for pilots and cabin crew with LAN Airlines, a leading Latin American airline.

The expanded six-bay facility offers twice its previous capacity and is today one of the most modern and largest training centers in South America. The expansion represents a total investment of US$40 million.

The center has two simulators for Airbus A320, two for Boeing 767-300ER, as well as a three-dimensional (3D) flat-panel integrated procedures trainer (IPT) for training on Airbus A320 and A340, two door trainers and two scale models to train crews in case of an emergency evacuation of the cabin.

The training venue was expanded to provide LAN with increased capacity to train future pilots. With this expansion, the center is able to train 4,500 pilots and 3,000 cabin crew per year. Each simulator will operate 20 hours a day, 365 days a year.

LANs Vice President of Services and Operations, Enrique Elsaca, said "At LAN, we are pleased and proud to train our pilots using the latest technology offered by CAE simulators. The flight simulators which are starting operation today are at the forefront of the industry and allow us to to instruct more pilots per year, which we see as a priority given the rapid growth of our fleet and the pace of the global airline industry."

The CAE Santiago facility opened in 2004 and is located near the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago. In addition to LAN, the centre provides training for several other airlines in South America.

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