Icelandair is reinforcing its training regime ahead of introducing Airbus single-aisle jets with an A320neo-family simulator.

The full-flight simulator will be supplied by CAE.

Icelandair is planning to bring in A321neo variants from next year, having previously firmed a commitment to 13 A321XLRs which it will receive from 2029.

Its selection of the CAE simulator is unsurprising; the carrier has a joint training venture with CAE in Reykjavik, in the vicinity of Keflavik airport, which has focused on Boeing 757, 767 and 737 Max operations.

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“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,” says Icelandair chief operating officer Sylvia Kristin Olafsdottir.

“We recognise the importance of having such facilities within the country, ensuring top-notch training opportunities for pilots.”

CAE says the simulator features high-fidelity visuals, an “immersive” cockpit environment, and realistic flight dynamics.

Division president for commercial aviation Michel Azar-Hmouda says the agreement is a “significant milestone” in its partnership with the carrier, and the technology will provide pilots with the “skill and confidence” to operate the new aircraft type.