Etihad Airways Chief Operations Officer, Captain
Richard Hill, has turned the first sod to mark the construction of
a US$15.3 million extension to the airline’s Flight Training
Centre at its Abu Dhabi headquarters.
The new 5,300 square metre facility will
house six flight simulator training bays, classrooms for pilot and
cabin crew training, pilots’ briefing and debriefing rooms, a new
pilots’ lounge and offices.
Captain Hill said, “This expanded high-tech
training and infrastructure facility will be one of the best in
the world when completed in November 2013. It will be a showpiece
for how we train and maintain the skills of our more than 1,200
professional pilots and 3,200 cabin crew, in addition to offering
crew training support to our strategic airline partners. We also
see this investment in training facilities as a critical piece of
infrastructure linked to Etihad Airways’ own organic growth and
the arrival of new fleet types in the years ahead, such as the
A350 and the
Boeing 787 Dreamliner.”
Etihad Airways will install flight simulators
for all of these new aircraft types in the expanded facility.
UAE flag carrier has more than 90 aircraft on firm order with
Airbus and Boeing, and to match this fleet growth, has plans to
recruit 1,000 pilots and 9,000 cabin crew by 2020.
Etihad Airways’ existing Flight Training Centre opened in 2007 and
houses two Airbus A330/A340, one Airbus A320, and one Boeing 777
flight simulator. The facility operates 24 hours a day.
Since 2007, the facility has trained more than
1,600 pilots and 4,000 cabin crew.
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