Etihad Airways is recruiting pilots from its
partner airline, airberlin.
The move comes as airberlin, Germany’s
second largest carrier, continues to work through its Turbine
business turnaround program, and as Etihad Airways prepares for
significant international expansion.
The recruitment transfers began last month when
the first batch of six Boeing 737-rated First Officers arrived in
Abu Dhabi to start type conversion training on to the Boeing 777
at Etihad Airways’ Flight Training Centre.
successful completion, the six pilots will undertake line training
on the airline’s global network, before being fully licensed as
type-rated Boeing 777 First Officers.
transfers are expected to take place in the coming months, comprising Airbus
A320 Captains, Airbus A320 First Officers, Airbus A330 First
Officers and Boeing 777 non-rated First Officers.
First Officer Peter Reimers, previously based in Köln for six
years with airberlin, and who flew Boeing 737s, said: “It’s been a
great experience coming to Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways’ fellow staff
have been hugely supportive, and I believe this move will help in
our career progression. I’m looking forward to eventually flying
the Boeing 777s.”
Nils Korte, a fellow former
Boeing 737 First Officer at airberlin, said, “This is a great
opportunity for us, and we really feel that we are part of the
ever expanding Etihad Airways team. The welcome, support, and
training in Abu Dhabi have all been superb and we are proof of the
benefits of both carriers working together.”
Airways’ current fleet of 77 Boeing and Airbus aircraft will grow
significantly this decade with more than 90 firm order aircraft
scheduled for delivery.
Over the next 12 months the
carrier will take delivery of four Boeing 777-300ER, five Airbus
A320, one Airbus A321, one Airbus A330-200 and one Airbus A330-200
freighter aircraft. Late next year, Etihad Airways will also
introduce its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Etihad Airways currently employs over
1,400 pilots, and plans to recruit 1,000 more by 2020.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive
Officer, said, “This development is part of the broader process to
strengthen our alliance with equity group partners. With airberlin
we are already sharing resources, integrating our fleet programs,
aligning our well-experienced personnel, and developing careers.”
In November 2013 Etihad
Airways will more than double the size of its Flight Training
Centre in Abu Dhabi, with its new extended facility housing flight
simulators for Airbus A320, Airbus A330/A340, Airbus A350, Airbus
A380, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft types.
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