EAT JOINS FORCES WITH GULF AIR

Gulf Air’s pi­lots will re­ceive sim­u­la­tor train­ing for the Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner

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Gulf Air has signed a con­tract with Eti­had Avi­a­tion Train­ing (EAT), who will de­liver full flight sim­u­la­tor train­ing for the car­rier’s Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner pi­lots.

Build­ing upon the re­cent sign­ing of a MoU be­tween the two com­pa­nies at the Bahrain In­ter­na­tional Air­show in Novem­ber, Gulf Air will dry lease EAT’s Full Flight Sim­u­la­tors at the train­ing fa­cil­ity lo­cated in Abu Dhabi. As per the con­tract, Gulf Air in­struc­tors will over­see the train­ing pro­gramme at the Eti­had Train­ing Fa­cil­ity.

“We are happy to work hand in hand with our friends in Eti­had Avi­a­tion Train­ing and use their fa­cil­i­ties to train our fly­ing crew. This is the start of on­go­ing projects with Eti­had Air­ways and Eti­had Avi­a­tion Train­ing,” com­mented Gulf Air’s chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Suhail Ab­dul­hameed Is­maeel.

To date, EAT op­er­ates 11 Full Flight Sim­u­la­tors (FFS) in­clud­ing three Air­bus A320 FFS de­vices, as well as two Boe­ing 787 de­vices. Eti­had’s train­ing arm cur­rently has plans in the works to ex­pand the fa­cil­ity, EAT ex­pect­ing to soon of­fer a third B787 FFS de­vice.

In ad­di­tion to its fa­cil­ity in Abu Dhabi, EAT also man­ages a flight train­ing col­lege in Al Ain, which of­fers a cadet pi­lot train­ing pro­gramme.

“Eti­had Avi­a­tion Train­ing is pleased to wel­come Gulf Air in­struc­tors and pi­lots to the com­pre­hen­sive train­ing fa­cil­ity in Abu Dhabi. 2018 has been a strong year for the or­gan­i­sa­tion since its re­launch in Jan­uary as a com­mer­cially fo­cused op­er­a­tion of­fer­ing avi­a­tion train­ing to a global client base,” shared Paolo La Cava, ac­count­able di­rec­tor at EAT.

EAT op­er­ates 11 Full Flight Sim­u­la­tors (FFS) in­clud­ing three Air­bus A320 FFS de­vices.

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