02 Mar 2015 15:00
Etihad Airways, the National airline of the United Arab Emirates, has marked the sendoff of its first batch of pilots enrolled in the UAE’s national military service with an information session attended by the airlines’ senior management.
Fifteen Etihad Airways’ pilots have enrolled in the
National Service’s 20 week pilot program specially devised in collaboration
with the National Service and Reserve Authority to leverage and further develop
their skills. A further 23 UAE Nationals occupying various roles within the
airline will also embark on national service training. Previously, more than 40
Etihad Airways’ employees joined the military service.
Speaking at the event, Hasan Al Hammadi, Etihad
Airways’ Senior Vice President of Executive Affairs, congratulated the recruits
and thanked them on behalf of Etihad Airways for being part of this great
He added: “The specialised training you will
receive as part of the national service will not only build your character and
teach you to rely on yourselves but will also equip you with the leadership
skills and qualities that will no doubt help you as you progress in your lives
and careers in the future.
“The UAE’s leadership chose the name ‘National
Service’ rather than obligatory service to reinforce the national sense of belonging.
It is not about compulsion but rather it is about giving back to this generous country
that has already given us so much.”
The airline’s national service event also included
a question and answer session that addressed many of the recruits’ concerns and
answered any inquiries they had on their roles and career progression while
they are enrolled in the service.
More than 60 pilots and employees are also expected
to join the National Service by the end of the year bringing the total of
Etihad Airways’ UAE National staff on the country’s first national duty service
to over 150.
Commenting on leaving
his post and joining the National Service, Hasan Al Hashimi, Etihad Airways’
General Manager in the Maldives said: “I am excited and proud at the same time
at this opportunity to serve my country. I know it will be hard but it will
definitely be worth it in the end.”