Etihad Aviation Training has become the first aviation company in the Middle East to gain approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to train Boeing 777 and 787 pilots for European operators.
In 2018 Etihad Aviation Training also became the first Middle Eastern aerospace business to gain EASA approval for pilots of Airbus A320, A330 and A340 aircraft.
Captain Paolo La Cava, VP and managing director of Etihad Aviation Training, said continuing growth in global demand for air travel was driving increased requirements for pilot training.
“Some operators have insufficient capacity to conduct training in their own facilities while others do not have in-house capabilities,” said Captain La Cava.
“In addition to training pilots for Etihad Airways, Etihad Aviation Training also supports the requirements of many other operators for a range of aircraft types.
Captain La Cava said the Boeing 777 and 787 were two of the most in-demand aircraft in service today, and as their deployment increased so too did demand for pilot training.
He said Etihad Aviation Training will also soon add training capability for the Airbus A350.
“The EASA designation as an Approved Training Organisation for the Boeing 777 and 787 significantly broadens the markets in which Etihad Aviation Training can offer services, enabling the business to support operators in Europe and elsewhere, particularly in the fast-growing Asia region where EASA standards have been adopted,” said Captain La Cava.