Etihad Airways, the national airline of the
United Arab Emirates, has welcomed the 100th cadet pilot to its
innovative and expanding flying programme.
Shareefa Al Bloushi, from Abu Dhabi, is a member
of Etihad’s tenth group of cadets which recently started the 18
month training programme at the Horizon Flight Academy in Al Ain.
She is also the sixth female Emirati cadet pilot to join the
programme, and eighth female overall.
Airways cadet pilot programme was launched in June 2007 with the
first group of cadet pilots, who graduated from the course in
February 2009, now training and flying aboard the airline’s Airbus
Captain Richard Hill, Etihad Airways’
chief operations officer, said, “The recruitment, training and
development of cadet pilots is of the utmost importance to Etihad
Airways and an integral part of maintaining our position as a
leading global airline.
“To reach the milestone of
100 cadet pilots is a great achievement and we offer Shareefa, our
100th cadet pilot, and her new colleagues our best wishes as they
Shareefa Al Bloushi is a member of
Etihad’s expanding female pilot community which currently includes
15 female first officers and cadet pilots within its ranks. This
figure is expected to double during the next 12 months.
Shereefa Al Bloushi said, “I am extremely proud to be a
part of the Etihad Airways female pilot community and to be
learning alongside other women pilots from across the world.
“Whilst the programme is rigorous and demanding it
will ensure that I have the best training and development for when
I graduate and become a fully-qualified Etihad pilot.”
Etihad also recently welcomed two British female cadet pilots to
its flying programme. Rose Omari, who is 23 years old, and 19
year-old Rebecca Hillyard are currently also training at the
Horizon Flight Academy in Al Ain with 13 male colleagues.
Rebecca Hillyard said, “When I heard about the Etihad
Airways cadet pilot programme and the training facilities the
airline is developing in Abu Dhabi I knew I wanted to join.
“The airline is focused on providing the best training
and development for its pilots and I look forward to qualifying
next year and join the ranks as an Etihad pilot.”
In order to gain the frozen Airline Transport Pilots Licence
(ATPL) the cadet pilots have to complete 750 hours of classroom
tuition and 205 hours flight training in single and multi-engine
During this time they also have to pass
the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority’s theoretical knowledge
and flying exams.
Etihad Airways’ fleet will expand
to 52 narrow and wide body aircraft by the end of 2009 and this
will grow to 65 by the end of 2012.
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