CAE and the Saudi National Company of Aviation (SNCA) announced today at the 2019 Dubai Air Show the expansion of their training relationship with the signature of an exclusive 15-year training center operations services agreement and the provision of one Airbus A320 CAE 7000XR full-flight simulator and one Airbus A320 CAE 600XR flight training device.
Through this new agreement, CAE will now provide training center operations services to SNCA’s new training center – OxfordSaudia, a CAE Authorised Training Centre – that will be located in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. SNCA will open the OxfordSaudia flight training center by the end of 2020. CAE will also operate and maintain SNCA’s training equipment at the new facility.
The news is especially interesting because OxfordSaudia has 50 female cadets enrolled in their flight academy. Captain Larry Wade, Chief Executive Officer, OxfordSaudia noted: “Since the announcement of the inception of our flight academy, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We have witnessed tremendous demand for pilot training, stemming beyond Saudi nationals and including an even larger than normal percentage of women than the global average. These are good success indicators of this partnership as we are bringing world-class pilot training capabilities to the region.”