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High level delegation from Etihad Airlines visit 43

A Word From Our CEO - Attie Niemann.

Etihad Airlines Visit

Seen above is:
Trevor Myburgh (43 Marketing Director) Captain Chris Ranganathan (Vice President Operations Training of Etihad Airways) Phil Barrie (Etihad Training Captain ) and Attie Niemann (43 Airschool CEO)

This month a high level delegation from Etihad Airlines visited 43 Airschool with a specific view to see the new 43 Airline Pilot Training offering, program and facilities. 43 was thrilled to have one of the top Airlines in the world visit them so soon after the final accreditations and programs were launched. The delegation was specifically looking at the Airline pilot offering at 43 and they gave extremely positive feedback on what we have to offer airlines in terms of Pilot development programs.

43 has, for the past 3 years invested heavily in training and aligning its product offering specifically for professional pilot training to Airlines to offer them a Selection of line ready solutions for their pilot training and development programs.

Etihad currently trains around 100 Pilots form Ab-initio through to Line FO status per year and they confirmed in no uncertain terms the dire shortage of suitable solutions for delivering Pilots to their growing fleets in the future.

Etihad currently has over 100 Aircraft in their fleet and will take delivery of an additional 200 ordered aircraft, including 80 787 Boeing Dreamliners in the next few years.

Captain Chris Ranganathan (Vice President Operations Training of Etihad Airways) commented “This is definitely the best program I have seen to date for delivering Line ready pilots worldwide”.

Not a small accolade from this very respected man in airline training circles.
We are very excited to have had validation of our program in such a short time from a leading Airline and future co-operation on many fronts between 43 and Etihad is on the cards.

More on Etihad Airways


Etihad Airways is one of two flag carrier airlines of the United Arab Emirates along with Emirates Airlines.
Its head office is in Khalifa City A, near Abu Dhabi City. Established by royal decree in July 2003, Etihad commenced operations in November 2003.[3] The name derives from the Arabic word for "union".
The airline operates more than 1,000 flights per week to 120 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of over 110 Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
In 2013, Etihad carried 14.3 million passengers, a 23% increase from the previous year,] delivering revenues of US$6 billion and net profits of US$70 million.

Etihad Airways is the fourth largest airline in the Middle East and it is the second largest airline in the UAE, after the Dubai-based airline Emirates. Its main base is Abu Dhabi International Airport.[8]
In addition to its core activity of passenger transportation, Etihad also operates Etihad Holidays and Etihad Cargo.
In December 2011, Etihad announced it had taken a 29.21% stake in Air Berlin, Europe's sixth largest airline. It followed this up with minority stakes in other airlines—Air Seychelles (40%),Aer Lingus (2.987%), Virgin Australia (10%). On August 1, 2013, the President of the company, James Hogan, signed a deal with Aleksandar Vučić, First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, in Belgrade, giving Etihad a 49% stake in the Serbian national carrier Jat Airways/Air Serbia. The Serbian Government retained 51% of the shares. The new company is named Air Serbia.

At the 2013 Dubai Airshow, Etihad announced that it was acquiring a 33.3% stake in the Swiss carrier Darwin Airline. Darwin was rebranded as Etihad Regional from March 2014
On August 1, 2014, Etihad agreed to take a 49% stake in the Italian flag carrier Alitalia for an estimated €560 million. The deal was closed on August 8, 2014.
On 1 January 2015, Alitalia-CAI formally passed its operations to Alitalia-SAI, a new entity owned 49% by Etihad and 51% by the Alitalia-CAI shareholders.


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