CAE and AirAsia sign new MPL cadet training deal

CAE and AirAsia sign new cadet pilot training deal

More than 400 cadet pilots are to be trained for a Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) at CAE Kuala Lumpur, CAE Melbourne and CAE Phoenix under a new agreement with AirAsia.

Upon completion of their 18-month training programme, the next generation of pilots will become AirAsia first officers.

“The comprehensive CAE AirAsia MPL programme follows the highest industry pilot training standards in the world,” said AirAsia chief operations officer Adrian Jenkins.

“It features a rigorous cadet selection process, integrated English language training, a blended training methodology with emphasis on crew resource management and threat/error management, and follows the airline’s standard operating procedures.

“CAE has been a tremendous partner since we first started the MPL programme together eight years ago, not only launching an innovative programme that sparked conversations in the industry, but continuously refining and adapting the training.”

Nick Leontidis, CAE group president, Civil Aviation Training Solutions, said, “Developing more than 400 future pilots that we will immerse in a professional training environment from day one is truly a testament to the success of the program we started together with our partner AirAsia eight years ago.

“Today, we are proud to see graduates from this advanced programme successfully flying as captains.”

In 2010, CAE introduced the MPL training program with AirAsia as a launch customer, complementing the offering in training paths for cadets.

The curriculum’s objective was to deliver a competency-based training that provides airlines with pilots who are validated to safely and efficiently operate a modern multi-crew, multi-engine, turbine-powered commercial transport aircraft in all expected operational environments.

Since 2010, more than 85 AirAsia cadets have trained through the MPL programme. Since 2017, the first nine AirAsia-sponsored CAE MPL cadets have been flying as captains.