Etihad Airways has announced plans to employ a further 5,000 Emiratis by 2020 as the airline celebrated the local workforce exceeding 3,000.
In 2015 alone, the airline said it welcomed more than 1,200 UAE nationals to its global workforce, representing 29 per cent of its core staff.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and CEO, said: “Since its inception in 2003, Etihad Airways has been a driving force in the nation’s Emiratisation programme, recognising and promoting the role of Emiratis in the aviation sector and empowering them to peruse their goals.
"Today, as one of the world’s youngest and fastest growing major airlines, we are proud to have delivered on our commitment to develop a cadre of highly qualified Emirati aviation professionals.”
Etihad said it also recruited a record number of 26 Emirati executives and senior managers across its various departments and disciplines last year.
Additionally, 280 Emiratis graduated from the airline’s development programme, making it the largest graduation year to date.
The airline has formed strategic collaborations with a range of UAE educational and Emiratisation institutions with the aim of offering UAE nationals various opportunities to develop into world-class industry professionals.
The range of roles includes cadet pilots, technical engineers, sales managers, guest service agents, contact centre agents, administrative positions, as well as various posts in the airlines’ operations and commercial functions.