Riyadh Air enters agreement with CAE for pilot training

Riyadh Air and CAE officials sign agreement.
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CAE and Riyadh Air have announced an agreement for the purchase of two state-of-the-art Boeing 787 CAE7000XR full-flight simulators and a Boeing 787 flight training device.

The training arrangement will support the new airline as it continues its journey to take off in 2025.

Riyadh Air, CAE, and Prince Sultan University

Riyadh Air’s ambitious ascent is bolstered by a strategic collaboration with Prince Sultan University.

This agreement involves the acquisition of two Boeing 787 CAE7000XR full-flight simulators (FFS) and a Boeing 787 flight training device (FTD), ahead of the airline’s proposed 2025 launch.

The plan is to unveil these state-of-the-art simulators in 2024, housed within a purpose-built facility at the newly established College of Aviation and Space in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Tony Douglas, Riyadh Air’s CEO, emphasized the significance of this milestone, stating, “By placing such an important order to fulfill our simulator requirements and create a roadmap for our pilot training, Riyadh Air is achieving another critical milestone on its journey towards its first flight.”


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CAE: Training Specialists

The selection of CAE as the technology provider is further testament to their global reputation in pilot training technology.

Douglas expressed his approval of the prospect of integrating CAE’s simulators into Riyadh Air’s leading-edge facility at Prince Sultan University, envisioning it as an inspiration for the next generation of aviators in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Nick Leontidis, CAE’s group president, Civil Aviation, conveyed gratitude for Riyadh Air’s trust in CAE, stating, “We are grateful that Riyadh Air has placed its trust in CAE to provide the digitally immersive simulators that will enable the new airline to take to the sky in 2025.”

Advanced Simulation Technology

The partnership aims to create a new training center, a nexus of advanced simulation technology, in collaboration with Prince Sultan University.

This center will not only impart skills but also instill the confidence required for the airline’s personnel to deliver unparalleled safety and memorable customer experiences on every flight.


This collaboration sets in place a firm aircrew training regimen for the carrier.

The amalgamation of CAE, Riyadh Air, and Prince Sultan University will potentially set new benchmarks for pilot training and aviation safety in Saudi Arabia and strongly support the proposed global destinations that the new carrier will serve.

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