By Neil Halligan
UAE national airline recruits 40 Alitalia captains and first officers
Etihad Airways has announced the
recruitment of 40 fully-qualified pilots from Alitalia as part of a large-scale
global campaign to hire between 500 to 600 captains and first officers over the
next three years.
The new recruits are currently in the
process of transferring to Etihad Airways under a three-year contract, with the
option to become a permanent employee after this period.
In total, 38 of the pilots are expected
to commence work at Etihad Airways before the end of this year, while the
remaining two will join the airline during the first two months of 2015.
The three-part program, which is conducted
in-house at the Etihad Training Academy in Abu Dhabi, will be attended by 16
pilots from the group who are changing the aircraft type rating in their
It will initially focus on a corporate
induction and specialist training in areas such as aircraft systems, safety and
special operations. This is followed by simulator training and, finally, line
training on Etihad Airways’ aircraft. The remaining 24 recruits are continuing
under their existing type rating and will undertake a shorter two-month training
program in Abu Dhabi.
Etihad CEO James Hogan says the airline
needs to recruit more pilots in order to keep up with its expansion plan.
“Etihad Airways will hire hundreds of
pilots over the next three years to keep pace with the rapid expansion of our
aircraft fleet and global network. To help achieve our target, we conducted a
roadshow in Italy earlier this year to present our airline to Alitalia’s
pilots, and invited those interested in joining us to attend interviews and
assessments in Rome or Abu Dhabi,” said Hogan.
“The successful applicants are fully
motivated and excited about the unique career development opportunities ahead,
and we are delighted to welcome pilots of their calibre into the Etihad Airways
The Abu Dhabi carrier is also set to launch a major recruitment drive for cabin crew this month, with nine recruitment days planned for November.
Etihad is seeking to recruit “individuals with outstanding hospitality experience” during its international recruitment days, which will take place in six different cities around the world.
There will be open days held in Prague, Budapest, Yerevan and Algiers, and invitation-only assessments in London and Manchester.
Applicants interested in attending the invitation-only assessments, should register in advance by visiting www.etihad.com/cabincrewrecruitment.
The airline will also hold invitation-only assessments on 19 November in Abu Dhabi, as well as open days for food and beverage managers and inflight chefs on November 10 and 24.
The open days will offer people the opportunity to meet Etihad Airways’ recruitment specialists who will provide comprehensive information about living in Abu Dhabi and the dynamics of working with guests at 40,000 feet.
In addition to a comprehensive training program, cabin crew are provided with company medical insurance, transport, uniforms and fully furnished company accommodation in Abu Dhabi.
International cabin crew recruitment days:
Prague: 10 November 2014 (Open Day)
Budapest: 12 November 2014 (Open Day)
Yerevan: 18 November 2014 (Open Day)
Algiers: 18 November 2014 (Open Day)
London: 24 November 2014 (Invite Only)
Manchester: 26 November 2014 (Invite Only)