24 Aug 2016 14:00
A group of students from Belgrade in Serbia have completed the first phase of their engineering training in the United Arab Emirates and will now commence the next stage of their practical learning with Etihad Airways Engineering.
The students are from one of several
batches of engineering trainees who have undertaken their training in the UAE.
Italian and Seychellois graduates are also moving through the system and
gaining experience with the UAE’s national carrier. Etihad Airways has strong
links with Italy, the Seychelles and Serbia through its equity partnerships in
Alitalia, Air Seychelles and Air Serbia.
The nine trainees will continue
their experience in the engineering division of the Etihad Aviation Group
(EAG). Etihad Airways Engineering currently provides airframe and component
maintenance services, as well as supply chain management and design engineering
to Etihad Airways, its equity partner airlines and third-party airlines.
The Graduate Engineering
programmes are run in partnership with the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu
Dhabi. The course
incorporates two years of theory training at the college, looking at areas such
as aircraft maintenance and engineering development, before the trainees begin
two years’ practical training with Etihad Airways Engineering to secure their
licence. The licence is approved by both the European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) and the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
Jeff Wilkinson, Chief Executive of
Etihad Airways Engineering, said: “We’re growing Etihad Airways Engineering to
ensure that we are recognised as a global leader in maintenance, repair and
operations (MRO). This means the opportunities available to these graduates are
unrivalled in the industry.
“Etihad Airways and its equity
partners have one of the largest and fastest growing fleets in the world of
aviation and the training programme allows them to secure a huge breadth of
experience across aircraft fleets that include Airbus 320s, Boeing 777s, the
new B787 Dreamliners and our A380s.”
Underlining the value and strength
of the partnership, the students will spend the first six months of their
practical training rotating in the workshop at the Etihad Airways Engineering
Hangar at Abu Dhabi Airport, honing their skills and learning from advanced
professionals in the division. From there they will commence work on the Etihad
fleet moving through different aircraft, as well as gaining experience in
different maintenance departments, to ensure their knowledge base is further
enhanced, enabling them to complete the full course.