Boeing Called for 737 MAX Simulator Training And CAE of Montreal Was Ready
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- Canadian company started building extra machines last year
- Complex, towering devices blend super computer, video game
Boeing Co.'s surprise about-face in recommending that 737 MAX pilots now complete training in simulators before flying the still-grounded airliner shocked many in the aviation world -- except perhaps one of the leading manufacturers of the devices.
Canada's CAE Inc., anticipating a surge in demand for pilot training, in November said it had begun to make 737 MAX full-flight simulators without customer orders in hand, an unusual step in the build-to-order industry. The company believed more training would be needed in the wake of 737 MAX crisis and wanted to be in a position to quickly supply airlines with the machines that can cost as much as $20 million apiece, CAE spokeswoman Helene Gagnon said.
"We're kind of happy that we made the decision back in November to do that," she said.
CAE shares rose as much as 4.4% on Wednesday after...
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