Etihad marks ‘largest’ graduation
Abu Dhabi, September 27, 2010
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, held an event to mark the graduation of its largest ever group of Emirati students at the Al Raha Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
A total of 38 cadet pilots, 19 graduate managers and six engineer graduates from the UAE, an additional 26 graduating cadet pilots of other nationalities were recognised during the ceremony.
“It is vital for our airline to invest in training ‘home grown’ Emirati talent, ensuring they are ready and fully equipped to move into our staff ranks,” said James Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways.
“I wish them all the very best of luck in their careers with Etihad Airways and look forward to witnessing the great accomplishments they will achieve for our airline.
“As the national airline of the UAE, we are committed to having talented Emiratis, both men and women, working in all fields - not only in the UAE, but in our outstations across the Etihad network.”
The cadet pilots, who have completed an 18 month training course, have now joined the airline as second officers.
The engineering graduates - each of whom has been awarded a diploma of aircraft maintenance engineering - commenced their training in December 2007 in the UAE and continued on to Brisbane, Australia, where they completed theory training at Aviation Australia.
Hogan said: “This is a momentous occasion for Etihad, as today we congratulate our first female Emirati engineer graduate on the completion of her training programme with Etihad Airways.”
Two groups of graduate managers, who have completed an 18 month training programme, are in the process of being are being placed in various departments across Etihad’s network including positions at outstations in Casablanca, Munich, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Doha.
The Etihad Airways Emiratisation Program offers a wide range of training opportunities for UAE nationals, including an English language training program in addition to the programs for cadet pilots, technical engineering and graduate managers.
Etihad’s Emiratisation program has 150 UAE national trainees deployed across the airline, including 112 cadet pilots, 16 graduate managers and 22 technical engineers. – TradeArabia News Service