UAE airline unveils global cadet pilots programme

March 25th, 2008 - 5:04 pm ICT by admin  

Dubai, March 25 (IANS) Dubai-based Etihad Airways has launched a new programme to attract cadet pilots from across the world to join its expanding flying team. The new pilot programme, which follows the airline’s Emirati cadet pilot programme, has been launched on the Etihad Airways website and has already received more than 350 online applications, according to a company statement here Tuesday.

“Etihad Airways continues to expand its fleet of aircraft and destinations and this latest cadet pilot scheme will greatly support our drive to recruit high calibre pilots to the airline,” Etihad executive vice-president Richard Hill said in the statement.

The second of the four national carriers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Etihad carried over 4.6 million passengers in 2007, as compared to 2.6 million in 2006.

The airline flies to 43 destinations across the world with its fleet of 39 aircraft and aims to establish a network of 70 destinations by 2010.

“There has been a huge response to Etihad’s first advertisements to the cadet pilot programme,” Hill said.

The minimum entry age to become a pilot is 18 years, and in order to open the airline’s cadet pilot programme up to as many applicants as possible, the airline has increased the maximum entry age from 24 to 26 years.

Following a rigorous selection process, successful candidates will be invited to Abu Dhabi to attend presentations from senior members of Etihad’s flight deck crew, as well as undertaking comprehensive skills and aptitude testing plus security and medical checks, the statement said.

Following the conclusion of the assessment phases, 12 cadet pilots will join the Horizon training academy in Al Ain in June.

To complete the Etihad pilot programme, a cadet has to undertake 930 hours in the classroom and 205 hours flying experience in single and multi-engine aircraft as well as Etihad’s state-of-the-art simulators.

Etihad’s Emirati cadet pilot programme has grown considerably since it was launched in January 2007 and 45 UAE nationals are now training to become fully qualified pilots with the airline.

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