Philippine flag carrier Cebu Pacific and Canadian training equipment and services provider CAE have opened a new aviation training centre in the Philippines.

The joint venture company, which is located at the Clark Freeport Zone northwest of the capital Manila, is known as the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training.

"This is the first CAE aviation training centre in the Philippines, and we are very proud of this joint venture. It will be essential in meeting the training requirements not only of our growing number of aviation professionals at Cebu Pacific Air, but also of other aircraft operators in the region," says Cebu Pacific's president and chief executive, Lance Gokongwei.

The airline will take delivery of a total of 50 Airbus A320, A321neo and A330 aircraft until 2021. It is scheduled to launch its long-haul flights in the third quarter of 2013.

The training centre is equipped with one A320 full-flight simulator. The delivery of a second A320 simulator is planned for 2013, and the facility can accommodate two additional simulators.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news