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Etihad aims to attract partner airline pilots to meet its growth targets

Posted 16 August 2015 · Add Comment

Etihad Airways is offering pilots seconded from partner airlines the opportunity to transfer to permanent contracts as part of its strategy to maintain pilot numbers to meet the carrier's ambitious growth plans.


Left AlItalia pilots are among those seconded to Etihad. Today the airline has said it is offering seconded pilots the opportunity to transfer to permanent staff deals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The airline said today that its pilot secondment programme is further evidence that “the synergies delivered through the airline’s equity and non-equity partnerships also benefit the professional career paths of the partners’ highly trained pilots.”

The programme began in April 2013 when the first batch of seven Airberlin Boeing 737-rated first officers arrived in Abu Dhabi to start type conversion training on the Boeing 777 at Etihad Airways’ state-of-the-art Flight Training Centre.

To date, there are almost 200 partner airline pilots seconded to Etihad Airways. This includes 52 pilots from Airberlin, 41 from Alitalia, 63 from Jet Airways, 25 from City Liner, four from Darwin Airline and six from NIKI. They have all been handpicked for their flying experience and skills.

Upon joining, seconded pilots undergo an extensive training programme that lasts from three to five months. They complete a two-week induction programme to get acquainted with Etihad Airways standard flight operating procedures.

This is followed by a three-week theoretical ground school training to gain the technical skills required to proceed to a four-week practical flight simulator training, which covers normal and non-normal as well as emergency situations.

Trainees then have to pass a simulator test to obtain their licence from the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority. This qualification is a prerequisite to start line training, flying with certified instructors for a minimum total period of three weeks until declared competent to perform the duties of an Etihad Airways pilot.

“With Etihad Airways rapid growth and fleet expansion, pilots on secondment enjoy a much accelerated career progression path compared to other airlines. Importantly, they have the opportunity to transfer permanently to a longer-term aviation career with the UAE carrier,” the airline said.

The average time to command at Etihad Airways is in the range of three years while it takes at least 10 to 15 years to achieve the same position in most legacy carriers.

In addition, the UAE national airline offers a much more varied career path with opportunities for cross fleet transfers from Airbus to Boeing and narrow-body to wide-body aircraft, as well as progression to a wide range of roles like flight instructors, examiners, flight crew assessors and pilot management positions.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, said: “Time after time, we prove that our partnership strategy is truly a winning business model. Together with our partners, we are sharing resources, incorporating our fleet programmes, aligning our staff expertise, and developing rewarding careers.

“Our pilot secondment programme is such an exciting and unique opportunity for pilots across our group of partner airlines, many of whom have a wealth of experience and are passionate about flying. We are able to put our pilots at the forefront of modern aviation and look forward to welcoming many more to join our family.”

To date, 21 former Airberlin pilots have transferred to permanent roles with Etihad Airways, flying Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A380 aircraft.

First officer Julian Kirrinnis was seconded to Etihad Airways from airberlin in September 2013. Having worked for 24 years with two major commercial airlines in Germany, he has more than 17,000 hours on the A310, A330-600 and A320 family in addition to the A330 on international route network. He has also worked as a simulator instructor on the Airbus fleet for many years. Julian transferred to Etihad Airways in November 2014 and worked on the airline’s A330 fleet performing both flying and line training duties. He moved to the Airbus A380 fleet recently. Julian said: “Etihad Airways offered me all the necessary training to join the A330 fleet and now the A380. I did not hesitate to join the airline on a permanent contract because of the future possibility to get an upgrade to Captain, the airline’s strong growing fleet, the flexibility to change the fleet I operate on, and of course I enjoy the cultural diversity and lifestyle in Abu Dhabi.”

First officer Tim Oschmann was also seconded to Etihad Airways from Airberlin in January 2014 and has recently transferred to Etihad Airways on a permanent basis. He previously worked for three European operators, and upon joining Etihad Airways, had a record of 6000 hours on Turboprobs, jet aircraft and the Boeing 737-800 series aircraft. He completed the full Boeing 777 type rating training last year and is currently undertaking the Boeing 787 training.

Tim said: “It did not take me long to decide to join Etihad Airways. It is the fastest growing airline in the world, offering rapid career prospects that would take much longer to achieve in Europe. Working for Etihad Airways is a rewarding experience. You get to travel the world, the package offered is competitive and Abu Dhabi will pleasantly surprise you for what it has to offer.”

Also part of Etihad Airways pilot secondment programme, the airline sends its own pilots on placements with partner airlines to expose them to new experiences and broaden their career opportunities. Currently the airline has four of its pilots on secondment to Air Serbia, two to Air Seychelles, one to Jet Airways, one to Etihad Regional and one to Alitalia.

Richard Hill, Etihad Airways chief operations officer, said: “Safety and quality are paramount to the continuing success of our Etihad Aviation Group and by integrating our processes and systems, and through initiatives such as pilot secondments, we are able to promote a just culture whilst enhancing safety standards through the safety management systems across our partners.

“Having our combined cross-group pilots working closely together presents an exceptional opportunity to build a talented team of aviation leaders.

“I am delighted that we are able to offer our pilots, who maintain the highest standards of safety and professionalism in the industry, fantastic career progression opportunities and I’m sure this will encourage even more pilots to apply to join our secondment programme for years to come."

Etihad Airways will continue to enhance and expand its pilot secondment program, welcoming more pilots from partner airlines in 2015 a
 

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