Eti­had Air­ways Emi­rati staff passes 3,000

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Eti­had Air­ways has cel­e­brated a ma­jor mile­stone in its Emi­rati­sa­tion pro­gramme with over 3,000 Emi­rati na­tion­als now em­ployed by the UAE's na­tional air­line. In 2015 alone, the air­line wel­comed more than 1,200 UAE na­tion­als to its global work­force, rep­re­sent­ing 29 per cent of its core staff. The air­line plans to em­ploy a fur­ther 5,000 Emi­rati em­ploy­ees by 2020.

The air­line hosted a cel­e­bra­tory event to raise aware­ness of its suc­cess­ful Emi­rati­sa­tion drive, start­ing with a panel dis­cus­sion in­volv­ing Emi­rati staff from var­i­ous de­part­ments within Eti­had Air­ways. A com­mem­o­ra­tive video was premiered at the event pro­fil­ing 12 na­tional em­ploy­ees hired in 2015, high­light­ing the di­verse role Emi­ratis are play­ing in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

James Ho­gan, Eti­had Air­ways' Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, said: "Since its in­cep­tion in 2003, Eti­had Air­ways has been a driv­ing force in the na­tion's Emi­rati­sa­tion pro­gramme, recog­nis­ing and pro­mot­ing the role of Emi­ratis in the avi­a­tion sec­tor and em­pow­er­ing them to pe­ruse their goals. To­day, as one of the world's youngest and fastest grow­ing ma­jor air­lines, we are proud to have de­liv­ered on our com­mit­ment to de­velop a cadre of highly qual­i­fied Emi­rati avi­a­tion pro­fes­sion­als."

In 2015, Eti­had Air­ways also re­cruited a record num­ber of 26 Emi­rati ex­ec­u­tives and se­nior man­agers across its var­i­ous de­part­ments and dis­ci­plines. Ad­di­tion­ally, 280 Emi­ratis grad­u­ated from the air­line's de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, mak­ing it the largest grad­u­a­tion year to date, and 90 grad­u­ates were of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent the UAE at the joint Al­i­talia-Eti­had Air­ways Pav­il­ion at EXPO Mi­lan.

The air­line cur­rently boasts an equal ra­tio of male to fe­male Emi­rati em­ploy­ees, and in Au­gust last year cel­e­brated the first Emi­rati Women's Day, ac­knowl­edg­ing the in­creas­ing num­ber of fe­male staff in its work­force and the di­verse roles they per­form across the air­line's busi­ness, from pi­lots and en­gi­neers to cargo ramp man­agers and avi­a­tion medi- cine spe­cial­ists.

Eti­had Air­ways also of­fers UAE na­tion­als the op­por­tu­nity to work in a dy­namic, multi-cul­tural en­vi­ron­ment and to be posted on in­ter­na­tional as­sign­ments to ac­cel­er­ate their de­vel­op­ment. More than 90 UAE na­tion­als are cur­rently po­si­tioned at the air­line's of­fices and air­ports across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Amer­i­cas.

The air­line has formed strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tions with a range of UAE ed­u­ca­tional and Emi­rati­sa­tion in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the Abu Dhabi Tawteen Coun­cil, Higher Col­leges of Tech­nol­ogy, Min­istry of Higher Education, Zayed Univer­sity and Abu Dhabi Univer­sity, with the aim of of­fer­ing UAE na­tion­als var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop into world-class in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

The di­verse range of roles in­cludes cadet pi­lots, tech­ni­cal en­gi­neers, sales man­agers, guest ser­vice agents, con­tact cen­tre agents, ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions, as well as var­i­ous posts in the air­lines' op­er­a­tions and com­mer­cial func­tions.

Sul­tan Al Mah­moud, Eti­had Air­ways' Vice Pres­i­dent Cor­po­rate Strat­egy, said: "Eti­had Air­ways pro­vides a great plat­form for learn­ing, ac­com­pa­nied by a strong sense of cor­po­rate iden­tity and cul­ture which in turn con­trib­utes greatly to our con­tin­ued growth and suc­cess."

Dr Zahra Al Balooshi, the most re­cent ad­di­tion to the team of skilled med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers at Eti­had Air­ways' ac­claimed Med­i­cal Cen­tre, said: "I am very proud to be part of a na­tional air­line which has be­come a glob­ally recog­nised brand renowned for ex­cel­lence in all ar­eas of its busi­ness, in­clud­ing avi­a­tion medicine. I in­tend to con­tinue in this field and to spe­cialise in avi­a­tion and travel medicine so as to pro­vide the nec­es­sary pri­mary and sec­ondary health­care ser­vices to all Eti­had em­ploy­ees."

Hind Al Hosani, Eti­had Air­ways' HR Busi­ness Part­ner and one of the Emi­ratis hired in 2015, said: "I chose to work for Eti­had Air­ways due to its global pres­ence, which has of­fered me the unique op­por­tu­nity to be part of an ex­cit­ing mul­ti­cul­tural team and to gain valu­able in­sight into in­ter­na­tional busi­ness prac­tices."

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