A group of nine students from the Future Rehabilitation Centre, a local special needs school, were whisked away from school for a surprise hands-on science lesson in Etihad Airways’ state-of-the-art flight simulator, where they learnt about flight regulations, aircraft technology and how to be an effective co-pilot.
group, aged 12 to 16, enjoyed a ‘flight’ to London Heathrow and also soared
along the Abu Dhabi Corniche in the simulated cockpit of the airline’s flagship
by two UAE national graduate managers, the students also had a tour of the
Training Academy, where captains
and cabin crew are trained in the airline’s world-class hospitality and
After their experience, Etihad Airways
captains awarded the students with ‘Honorary Junior Pilot’ certificates to
commemorate the day.
Majed Al Marzouqi, Vice President Flight
Operations at Etihad Airways said: “In the Year of Giving, we are delighted
once more to collaborate with the Future Rehabilitation Centre on this
initiative, encouraging youngsters to reach for the skies.”
A video of the students’ journey can be seen
on the airline’s social media channels.
Dr. Mowfaq M. A.
Mustafa, Director of the Future Rehabilitation Centre, said: “Our students were
all beaming when they told us of their exciting experiences at the
simulator. This initiative gave our
students a glimpse of what the future can provide for people who dream and work
hard, which is something that we are trying to instil in them. I thank Etihad
Airways and the team behind this opportunity for being so creative in its ways
of supporting our mission.”
2017 was officially declared as the Year of
Giving by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.
In support of this national initiative, the airline has pledged to donate one
dirham for every ticket sold in the UAE. Spreading the message of giving around the world, the airline’s
Airbus A380 can be seen sporting the Year of Giving logo.