24 Sep 2014 11:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has awarded a US$14 million contract to Spatial Composite Solutions, the UAE-based manufacturer of crew training equipment for the global civil aviation and aerospace industries.
Under the contract, Spatial
will design and manufacture a total of 14 Cabin Crew Training Devices,
including Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner models, to the latest Etihad
Airways specifications and install these at the new Etihad Innovation Training
Academy in Abu Dhabi.
The company will also build
a series of Door and Cabin Trainers that cater to Etihad Airways’ growing fleet
of Airbus A320, Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft, and will conduct an
extensive refurbishment program on all existing cabin crew training equipment
at the state-of-the-art Etihad Training Academy, located next to the airline’s
headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
The devices are currently
being manufactured under licence from Boeing and Airbus at Spatial’s facility
in RAKIA Free Zone in Ras Al Khaimah, and initial handovers have already
Aubrey Tiedt, Vice
President Guest Services at Etihad Airways, said: “High quality safety and
hospitality is an Etihad Airways trademark, and we continuously invest in the
best available training facilities. We are delighted to partner with Spatial
Composite Solutions in developing the latest Cabin Safety and Service Trainers.
These will provide our cabin crew with the best environment in which to hone
their skills. We look forward to receiving our new equipment, including our
first Airbus A380 and Boeing B787 training devices, in December.”
McKeever, Chief Executive Officer of Spatial Composite Solutions, said: “We are
really pleased to be involved in this ground-breaking project with Etihad
Airways. The size and scale of the installation is quite unique and the
inauguration in December will be something to look forward to. No effort has
been spared by all of the stakeholders in this undertaking to ensure that
Etihad Airways’ vision to be at the forefront of change in global aviation is