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Icelandair Buys New Full-Flight Simulator from CAE

By Erik Pomrenke

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Photo: Icelandair and CAE.

Icelandair has signed an agreement with CAE Inc, a Canadian manufacturer of simulation technology, to purchase an Airbus A321 flight simulator, which will be installed at their training centre in Hafnarfjörður in late 2025.

Operated by CAE Icelandair Flight Training, the simulator will be used for training new and current pilots. It marks the first Airbus simulator in Iceland and will replicate the Airbus A320 cockpit to train pilots under various conditions. In a press release published yesterday, leaders from both companies highlighted the importance and benefits of this advanced training tool for ensuring safe and high-quality aviation services.

Latest-gen tech

The latest generation full flight simulator (FFS) is engineered to mirror the flight characteristics and systems of the Airbus A320. Featuring high-fidelity visuals, an immersive cockpit environment, and realistic flight dynamics, this simulator will be an essential training resource for pilots, ensuring they are fully prepared to operate the new aircraft with safety and efficiency.

Beyond initial training, the FFS will be utilized for the biannual training that pilots must undergo.

World-class training in Iceland

In a statement to the press, Icelandair COO Sylvía Kristín Ólafsdóttir said: “We are thrilled to announce our new contract with CAE and to continue fostering our fruitful partnership. The new simulator will allow us to continue providing world-class training in Iceland, giving us the flexibility and agility needed to expand our route network, introduce new destinations, and grow our pilot group accordingly. As an island nation, Iceland heavily relies on air transport and as the leading airline, we recognize the importance of having such facilities within the country, ensuring top-notch training opportunities for pilots.”



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