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BOEING HAS selected CAE Electronics to build the lead simulators for the new generation 737-700. Thomson Training & Simulation (TTS), meanwhile, has won a Southwest Airlines contract for a 737-700 simulator, and 737-300 desktop trainers, for delivery to its Dallas, Texas, training centre by the end of 1997.

CAE will upgrade two 737-300 simulators previously supplied to Boeing. One will be converted to a 737-700 full-flight simulator, with 150° wide CAE MaxVue visual system, while the other will become Level 7 maintenance-training device. The maintenance trainer will enter service at Boeing's Seattle training centre in the second quarter of 1997, and the flight simulator in the third quarter. Deliveries of the 737-700 will start in October 1997.

CAE has already sold a 737-600/700/800 flight-simulator to Scandinavian Airlines System, while TTS has sold a 737-800 machine to Lufthansa.

CAE and subcontractor Qantas Airways are to supply Boeing 707 and Lockheed Martin C-130J simulators to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), for delivery in 1998. In February, CAE won an A$38 million ($30 million) RAAF contract to build a Sikorsky S-70A Black Hawk simulator.

Source: Flight International