Etihad orders 787 and A380 simulators

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Etihad Airways' first Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 simulators are among seven the carrier has ordered from Canadian manufacturer CAE.

The full-flight devices will be stationed at Etihad's Abu Dhabi academy. Three are for training on the Dreamliner; one for the A380; one for the A350; and two for the A320.

Etihad already has four CAE simulators: two for the A330/A340 types, and one each for the 777 and A320.

The new deal has a list-price value of $200 million.

An extension to Etihad's academy - doubling its size to accommodate 11 simulators - is scheduled for completion in early November, and the first new device, for A320 training, is to be delivered later that month. The other six are to arrive within a year of the first.

Etihad says its combined Airbus and Boeing fleet totals 77 aircraft. There are 41 787s, 10 A380s and 12 A350s among the "more than 90" aircraft the airline says it has on firm order.