Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, recognised its top ten performing Emirati female engineering trainees by giving them the chance to attend the 25th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando, Florida.
The conference was organised by Women in Aviation International, a not-for-profit
organisation dedicated to supporting women who are building their careers in
the competitive aviation and aerospace industry.
This year the conference was held under the theme ‘Honouring the
past, guiding the present, and planting seeds for the future'. More than 4,500
participants attended the conference sessions and workshops which took place
over a period of three days.
There were inspirational keynote speakers from all walks of life including
astronauts, adventurers, engineers, authors and pilots. In addition to the
conference sessions and workshops, the Etihad trainees wereable to network with
female aviation specialists from around the world.
The Etihad Airways representatives visited the Kennedy Space Centre
and the prestigious Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where they met the Deans
of the engineering and aviation faculties.
Al Mazroui, one of the trainees attending the conference, said:“Meeting new
people, trying out new things and getting to know different cultures are all instrumental
in shaping a person’s personality and defining their goal in life. That is what
this trip was all about.
are grateful to Etihad Airways for giving us this opportunity. Meeting so many women who are passionate about
aviation and are enjoying successful careers in the aviation field, was truly
Etihad Airways’ Chief People and Performance Officer, Ray Gammell,
said: “Developing the capabilities, expertise and knowledge of young UAE nationals
wishing to build a career in the aviation industry, has always been at the top
of our priorities.
“We are proud of the individual and collective achievements of
these talented young Emirati women and are confident they will be further
motivated and inspired to continue their path to a long and rewarding career as
Etihad AirwaysGraduate Engineering
Progam is now offered in partnership with the Higher Colleges of Technologies
and the Al Ain International Aviation Academy, allowing trainees to obtain a B1
(Engineering License in Airframe and Engines) or B2 (Avionics) license in
Aviation Engineering Technology. The program is accredited by both the EASA and
The Etihad trainees are chosen after extensive assessments and, once
qualified, will become part of Etihad Airways' technical team at the airline's
dedicated aircraft line and light maintenance facilities at Abu Dhabi
Currently Etihad Airways has 252 engineering trainees enrolled in the
program, of whom 28 are females.