Etihad Airways’ first female Emirati cadet
pilots - Salma Al-Baloushi and Aisha Al-Mansouri - have
successfully graduated from flight training alongside nine male
colleagues, and gained their airline transport pilot licence
The cadet pilots, Etihad’s second group to
graduate, were conferred with their flying wings in a ceremony at
the airline’s training academy which was attended by family and
friends as well as senior management from Etihad Airways and the
Horizon International Flight Academy.
and Aisha to receive their wings were Ali Al Farsi, Ahmed Balalaa,
Ibrahim Sanqoor, Khalid Al Ali, Mohamed Al Kaabi, Khalid Al
Marzouqi, Khalil Amiri, Abdalla Balkhashar and Hasan Abdulla.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said,
“Everyone at Etihad is delighted that Salma and Aisha – our first
female cadet pilots – have made history as the first women to
graduate from the programme.
“Salma and Aisha are
a key part of Etihad’s expanding female pilot community and we
wish them, as well as their male colleagues, the best of luck as
they enter the next phase of their careers with Etihad.”
The cadets started the pilot programme course in September
2007 and now have the rank of second officers at Etihad Airways.
As second officers the pilots will
undertake a multi-crew co-operation course and an Airbus
A320 type conversion course which will enable them to
fly as co-pilots on the Etihad Airways Airbus A320 short
pilots will spend much of the time during the type conversion
course in Etihad’s A320 full-flight simulator as well as training
in the development of non-technical skills applicable to working
in a multi-crew environment. After approximately six months they
complete their final checks and will qualify as A320 first
In order to gain the frozen ATPL the
cadet pilots had to complete 750 hours of classroom tuition and
205 hours of flight training in single and multi-engine aircraft.
During this time they all passed the UAE General Civil Aviation
Authority’s theoretical knowledge and flying exams.
Etihad Airways recently welcomed the 100th cadet pilot to its
innovative and expanding flying programme. Shareefa Al Bloushi is
a member of Etihad’s tenth group of cadets. She is also the sixth
female Emirati cadet pilot to join the programme, and eighth
In addition to the cadet pilot
programme, Etihad Airways’ Emiratisation initiatives focus on two
other streams which include the technical engineering development
programme and graduate management development programme.
Etihad now also has two international cadet pilot courses
which run alongside the five Emirati courses at Horizon Academy.
The two groups contain 24 cadet pilots from countries around the
world including Hungary, Canada and the United Kingdom.
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