• Joe Breitfeller

Etihad Aviation and Israir Airlines Enter Historic Training Partnership

Etihad Aviation Training (EAT) has signed a contract with Israir Airlines offering Airbus A320 flight simulator pilot training for Israir’s pilots. Under the agreement, Israir will dry lease EAT’s full-flight simulators at Etihad's training facility in Abu Dhabi.


Left to Right: Etihad Aviation Training's Managing Director and Vice President, Captain Paolo La Cava and Israir Airlines' CEO, Uri Sirkis - Courtesy Etihad Airways

On Thursday (January 7, 2020), Etihad Airways announced the signing of an historic training contract between Etihad Aviation Training (EAT) and Israir Airlines. Under the contract, which was signed virtually, EAT will offer full-flight simulator pilot training to Israir’s Airbus A320 pilots. As part of the agreement, Israir will dry lease EAT’s full-flight simulators at Etihad’s training facility in Abu Dhabi, where Israir instructors will conduct pilot training. In Thursday’s announcement, Etihad Aviation Training’s Managing Director and Vice President, Captain Paolo La Cava, said,


“Following Etihad’s announcement to commence services to Tel Aviv, EAT is delighted to further commercial opportunities with Israel by providing comprehensive aviation training services to Israir Airlines. Continuing our commitment to providing highly skilled pilots by offering state-of-the-art training facilities, EAT is looking forward to working with Israir Airlines and is anticipating further collaboration with the airline to cement this landmark agreement.”


Also commenting on the new training contract, Israir Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Uri Sirkis, added,


“Close to the signing of the Abraham Accords peace agreement, I met Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group and Managing Director & Vice President of Etihad Aviation Training, Captain Paolo La Cava at Etihad Headquarters. The short visit revealed to me a rare opportunity to use the EAT simulator facility, just a three-hour flight away from Israel. Beyond the economic and professional benefits, I believe that the more meeting points we find between the countries, the stronger the tourism movement will be. This is the true peace.”


Etihad Aviation Training offers comprehensive pilot training and has partnered with more than 40 airlines. EAT’s Abu Dhabi Zayed Campus offers complete pilot training devices including Airbus and Boeing full-flight simulators, fixed training devices and flight navigation procedures training.



Source: Etihad Airways