06 Oct 2015 19:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has celebrated a record number of UAE national graduates from its award-winning Future Leaders program.
The graduating class consisted of 280 UAE nationals including 86
cadet pilots; 82 technical
engineers; 37 graduate managers; 13 airport operations managers; five sales managers;
53 Fursati Foundation Program graduates; and four graduates from the Sabre
The star performer awards for 2015 were presented to Mohammad Ali (cadet pilot);
Khalifa Al Hosani (cadet pilot – Abu Dhabi University); Jasim Al Hammadi (technical
engineer); Al Shaimaa Al Ameri (graduate manager); and Ameena Al Marzouqi (Fursati).
The graduation was attended by HE Hamad Al Shamsi, Vice Chairman of Etihad
Airways Board; and Etihad Airways Board Members.
HE Hamad Al Shamsi and James Hogan, Etihad Airways’
President and Chief Executive Officer delivered speeches at the ceremony in Abu Dhabi.
HE Hamad Al Shamsi said: “The UAE, our esteemed President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
along with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces,
and the Etihad Airways leadership, have together presented the graduates with a
“It is an opportunity for them to go out and become
leaders - leaders of this business and leaders of our great country.”
Mr Hogan said: “We offer our congratulations to the record number of Emirati
men and women who have today graduated from the Etihad Airways future leaders
“The graduation ceremony marks a great moment in the graduates’ careers, and
as they celebrate with friends and family, they can each look forward to a
fulfilling career with Etihad Airways.
“Etihad Airways continues to invest in the training and development of UAE
nationals and these Future Leaders
will go on to play a key part in the supporting the long-term development of the
The five-year cadet pilot program consists of three and a half years
academic studies in partnership with Abu Dhabi University and a eighteen months
flight training at the Etihad Flight College in Al Ain.
The Etihad Airways’ technical engineering program includes a Bachelor
Degree program from the Higher Colleges of Technology, the Abu Dhabi
Polytechnic Institute, or a specialised aircraft maintenance institute,
followed by two years of practical training at Abu Dhabi Airport working on the
most modern airplanes in the industry.
To start working as engineers, the trainees have to obtain an approved
engineer’s license from the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
The Graduate Management Program is a workplace learning program based on
specialised functions including finance, information technology, global sales,
airport operation, audit, human resource, revenue management and network
The program is underpinned by internationally accredited qualifications and
integrates classroom education with on-the-job training both in the UAE and
across the network.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are deployed in various
departments across the business and the airline’s global network.
The 53 Fursati graduates join the airline in direct entry customer-facing
ground service roles.
Fursati, operated in partnership with Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council, is looking
to recruit more than 500 UAE nationals during the next two years for entry level
positions within the airline.
Etihad Airways offers 22 Development Programs all of which allow UAE national graduates to
develop key skills and gain practical experience which results in fast-tracked careers at the airline.
employs more than 2,700 UAE nationals across its global business.
Emiratis are the number one nationality
group amongst the total
employees based in the UAE, and amongst employees at manager level, executive
level and within Etihad Airways’ pilot community.
Under plans to accelerate its employment of UAE
nationals over the next five years, Etihad Airways is set to recruit more than
6,000 UAE nationals by 2020.