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Etihad Flight College

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A wholly owned subsidiary of Etihad Airways, Etihad Flight College is an Approved Training Organisation based at Al Ain International Airport, UAE.

The College provides training for the Multi Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) and the integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL).

The MPL training programme is focused on multi-crew airline operations thus providing a faster competency based track to flight operations.

Cadet Pilot Programme Structure

Entry to the course is through the Etihad Airways Cadet Training Programme, which is open to UAE Nationals and international candidates.

There are two streams in the Cadet Pilot Programme - the first for University Graduates, the second for High School graduates (or equivalent).

Cadet Pilot Programme for University Graduates

  • Phase 1 – Flight Training at Etihad Flight College (Al Ain)
  • Phase 2 – Full Flight Simulator Training at Etihad Training Academy (Abu Dhabi)
  • Phase 3 – Line Training at Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi)

Cadet Pilot Programme for High School Graduates

  • Phase 1 - Bachelor of Aviation Science Degree at Abu Dhabi University (Abu Dhabi) 
  • Phase 2 – Flight Training at Etihad Flight College (Al Ain)
  • Phase 3 – Full Flight Simulator Training at Etihad Training Academy (Abu Dhabi)
  • Phase 4 – Line Training at Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi)

Training Programme

An innovative approach to MPL training with use of multi-engine aircraft in the initial phase of flight training.

The phases are as follows:

  • Theoretical Knowledge Instruction – 37 weeks
  • Basic and Core Flight Training – 36 weeks
  • Intermediate and Advance Flying – 23 weeks

Training Fleet

  • Cessna 172SP Glass Cockpit
  • Diamond DA42 New Generation
  • Phenom 100E
  • Extra 300 Aircraft

Contact information

For companies that are interested in pursuing pilot training for their workforce, please contact:

Philip M. Chandler
General Manager
Etihad Flight College 
Tel: +971 (0)3 799 0503

Etihad Airport Services

In July 2013, Etihad Airways acquired three subsidiaries of the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) – Abu Dhabi Cargo Company (ADCC), Abu Dhabi In-Flight Catering (ADIFC) and the ground handling business Abu Dhabi Airport Services (ADAS).

From this investment, Etihad Airways created a new subsidiary, Etihad Airport Services, which now operates Etihad-branded ground handling, cargo and in-flight catering services to support its own services through Abu Dhabi, as well as those of other airlines.
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Etihad Airport Services, Ground logo

Etihad Airport Services, Ground is responsible for activities at Abu Dhabi Airport including “above wing” tasks of check-in baggage handling and special assistance to passengers.

This also includes airside activities such as loading and unloading of baggage, provision and operation of aircraft servicing equipment, aircraft cabin, cleaning, passenger and crew transport to the aircraft, and the “push back” of departing aircraft from terminals or parking bays. The “above wing” activities are sub-contracted to Etihad Airways.

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Etihad Airport Services, Cargo is the sole cargo handling business at Abu Dhabi International Airport. It provides freight handling services as well as warehousing, documentation, security screening and handling of specialised cargo for Etihad Airways and other carriers.

In addition, this business works closely with freight forwarders, government agencies and regulatory authorities.

Key contact:
Christopher Campbell Beale
Senior Manager Cargo Handling – UAE Operations

24hrs Operations Office:
Duty Manager
Tel: +971 5 0907 9926

Etihad Airport Services, Catering logo

Etihad Airport Services, Catering sources, prepares and provides food, stores, bar supplies and duty free items as specified by Etihad Airways and other airline customer, as well as transportation of supplies, laundry services for cabin linen items, and the provision and cleaning of all catering items.

In addition, this business is responsible for food storage, transportation and equipment maintenance. It also manages food and beverage services for Etihad Airways airport lounges, as well as staff restaurants, events and sales of ready-to-eat food products to the hotel and hospitality industries.

Key contact: 
Laurent Bachi (Customer Service Manager)
Office: +971 2 5757167
Office: +971 2 5055519

24hrs Operations Office:
Office: + 971 2 5757138
Office: + 971 2 5055579

Armaguard Valuables Management (AVM)

Armaguard Valuables Management (AVM) is a joint venture between Etihad Airways and Armaguard Group, based in Abu Dhabi. AVM provides a full suite of secure logistics services to the global valuables market.

Armaguard’s security know-how, advanced technologies and valuables operational experience, combined with the network reach of one of the world’s largest and fastest growing airlines, allow a total and tailored solution platform.

Established in 2012, AVM runs a local fleet of state-of-the art armoured vehicles covering all seven Emirates. Our vision is to be to be the industry leader of innovative, integrated, and secure solutions for the global valuables market.

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We offer secure and bonded vaulting facilities within the Abu Dhabi International Airport Cargo Facility, airside escort and handling services, secure storage and staging airside. Through our network affiliates, we deliver door-to-door on a fully insured basis across the globe.

For more information, please visit our website:

Key Contact:
Daniel Martin
General Manager

Tel:  + 971 2 511 5770
Mob: + 971 5 0642 7038