Batik Air signs 10-year pilot training agreement with CAE

A Batik Air aircraft climbs after take off.
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Aviation training organization CAE has announced a 10-year pilot training agreement with Batik Air, at the prestigious Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS).

The new training agreement will see CAE deploy and operate an advanced B737 MAX full-flight simulator at Batik Air’s facility in Kuala Lumpur.

737 MAX full-flight simulator


The centerpiece of this partnership is the deployment and operation of an advanced B737 MAX full-flight simulator by CAE at Batik Air’s state-of-the-art facility in Kuala Lumpur.

This leading-edge simulator is poised to revolutionize pilot training by offering a true-to-life aircraft handling experience in a controlled environment.

Pilots will be empowered to refine their skills, fine-tune their decision-making abilities, and bolster their confidence in navigating the skies.

B737 MAX full-flight simulator. Photo Credit: CAE

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Data-Driven Training


Complementing the advanced simulator is CAE’s revolutionary data-driven training system, CAE Rise™. This sophisticated platform harnesses the potential of advanced analytics to deliver training that is not only highly effective but also enhances operational safety.

By leveraging real-time data and insights, CAE Rise™ ensures that each training session is tailored to the specific needs of the pilot, resulting in a more personalized and impactful learning experience.

Batik Air’s Group Strategy Director, Datuk Chandran Rama Muthy, spoke for the carrier on the new partnership, stating, “We are proud to appoint CAE as our training partner and we are confident that this partnership with CAE will further enhance our pilot training and standards.”

He emphasized the significance of the CAE B737 MAX simulator in providing pilots with an immersive training experience that instills both skills and assurance.

Michel Azar-Hmouda, CAE’s Vice President of Commercial Aviation Training, echoed the sentiment, noting, “We are thrilled to enter into this 10-year pilot training agreement with Batik Air.”

He highlighted the transformative potential of CAE Rise™, which will empower Batik Air’s pilots to excel in the simulator and master the complexities of the flight deck.

Enduring Partnership Batik Air – CAE


This landmark agreement solidifies the enduring partnership between CAE and Batik Air, a testament to their shared dedication to cultivating highly skilled pilots.

The collaboration not only raises the bar for training quality but also aligns with CAE’s recently published 2023 Aviation Talent Forecast.

The forecast highlights a pressing need for skilled aviation professionals in the coming years, with a projected demand of 252,000 pilots, 328,000 maintenance technicians, and 599,000 cabin crew members over the next decade.

About Batik Air Malaysia


Batik Air (formerly operated as Malindo Air) is a Malaysian-based airline with headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Malindo Air officially rebranded as Batik Air in April 2022, in line with the Lion Group’s goal to establish a common identity for full-service airlines within the group. 

Batik Air operates from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB, Subang SkyPark Airport). The carrier currently operates a fleet of A330 – 300, B737-8, B737-800 and ATR72-600 aircraft for domestic and international flights.

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