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Cebu Pacific and CAE to Establish Aviation Training Center

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Cebu Pacific and CAE, a leader in aviation training, have signed a joint venture agreement to establish an aviation training center for airlines in the Asia Pacific region.

 The joint venture will also be responsible for type-rating training of CEB pilots.

 The aviation academy is scheduled to start operations in the third quarter of 2012 in Clark Freeport Zone, northwest of the national capital of Manila, and represents an approximate US $40-50 million joint investment.

We are proud to partner with CAE to support CEBs growing fleet, expansion plans, and training requirements. This will also help make Asia Pacifics vibrant aviation industry more appealing in the face of growing competition for well-trained aviation professionals, said CEB President and CEO Lance Gokongwei. Airbus Global Market Forecast predicts more than 34% (9,160) of total global airplane orders until 2030 will go to the Asia Pacific region, of which 5,770 of these will be single-aisle planes like the A320.

The joint venture will initially cater to Airbus A319/320/321 series pilot type-rating training requirements and will provide wet instructor-led type-rating training for Cebu Airs current and new- hire pilots. Initial, recurrent, conversion and jet indoctrination training will be available to other Airbus operators.

The center will be developed in consultation with CAEs training facilities design team. It will initially be equipped with two Airbus A320 FFSs with capability to expand by two additional simulators.

The aviation academy is expected to provide training for other aviation personnel in the future, such as cabin crew, dispatch, ground handling personnel and cadets

Jeff Roberts, CAEs Group President of Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services, said, We are excited about this new relationship with CEB and the opportunity to help meet the increasing demand for high-quality pilots and other commercial aviation professionals in the Philippines and throughout the region. The new training center will be a world-class, one-stop training center for CEB and a hub for training services for other airlines.

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