Pictured (Left to right): Captain Paolo La Cava, Director of Etihad Aviation Training; and Chris Youlten, Managing Director of Etihad Airport Services at Etihad Aviation Training in Abu Dhabi.

The Etihad Aviation Group has relaunched Etihad Flight College, its aviation training organisation, as Etihad Aviation Training, based across two locations in Abu Dhabi.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Aviation Training is an ambitious enterprise […] The growth of the business will mirror the expansion of the global training market and we are excited about our expanding portfolio of programmes and products. These services are accessible to both Etihad Airways and now, for the first time, to external customers.”

One of the largest training facilities in the Middle East, Etihad Aviation Training offers airline training, type rating, cabin crew safety training, instructor training and cadet programmes and aircraft maintenance training.

The company currently has ten full-flight simulators in operation, with two additional devices due to arrive later this year, including the first Airbus A350-900 and a third Boeing 787-9. Etihad Aviation Training’s packages are complemented by the Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) and Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) programmes delivered by Etihad’s well-established Flight Training Organisation based in Al Ain.

Captain Paolo La Cava, Director of Etihad Aviation Training, said, “By expanding and redeveloping our facilities within the UAE, we are able to offer a one-stop solution to our customers – from individual pilots to global airlines, and I’m confident that we will grow to become a globally recognised aviation training centre.