In an illustrious ceremony attended by VIPs from both Emirates Group Security and Etihad Aviation Group (EAG), the two companies inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in aviation security.
The agreement was signed by Tony Douglas, Group CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, and Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airlines. The ceremony was also held in the presence of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, His Excellency Hamad Abdulla Al Shamsi, Vice Chairman, Etihad Aviation Group and senior representatives from Emirates Group Security, Etihad Aviation Group, at the Emirates Group Headquarters in Dubai.
HH Sheikh Ahmed said: “Security is one of the foremost priorities of the global aviation industry. Over the years, Emirates Group Security has built strong expertise and capabilities to successfully navigate the complex landscape of security risks and threats in aviation. Through this agreement, Emirates Group Security will collaborate with Etihad Aviation Group to share know-how and extend aviation security services in order to better handle shared challenges, which ultimately benefits travellers.”
As per the agreement, the Emirates Group Security and Etihad Aviation Group will work closely together, sharing information on key aspects of aviation security. Additionally, Emirates Group Security will offer its security training and education programmes to Etihad Airways, while also aiding the airline in developing its own security escort capability.
Etihad Aviation Group is expected to create its own structured in-house education programme with the assistance of Emirates Group Security.
HE Hamad Abdulla Al Shamsi said: “This is a landmark partnership and one which is as important symbolically as it is strategically. As the national airline of the UAE, we have a responsibility to seek and develop greater collaboration with our major aviation partners in the UAE for the continued safety and convenience of millions of travellers worldwide.
“Security is our utmost priority and given the current sensitive climate we operate in, it should never be underestimated. The signing of an MoU between the two largest aviation groups in the country will have a positive impact on local and international operations by significantly enhancing aviation security measures.
“By working closely together, and pooling our expertise and resources, Etihad Aviation Group and Emirates Group Security will build a stronger platform from which to share best practice and knowledge, allowing us to provide the safest travelling environment for our customers.”