Etihad Airways has sent two of its Emirati graduate engineers to Geneva to undergo on-the-job, OTJ, training with Etihad Regional, operated by Darwin Airlines, as part of its UAE national development strategy.
The two graduate engineers, Hamed Alredha and Ahmed Haisan, will spend three months at Etihad Regional's maintenance facility in Geneva Airport, learning the daily engineering checks and inspections and fault repairs for the airline's aircraft systems and cabins.
Both trainees will work on the Swiss-based carrier's Saab 2000 turboprop aircraft, alongside and under the supervision of top Etihad Regional engineers.
Etihad Airways' Chief Operations Officer, Richard Hill, said, "Etihad Airways is committed to developing skilled and qualified Emirati engineers who will play a pivotal role in maintaining the safety and efficiency of the airline's fleet.
"We are very proud of our young UAE national trainees and are confident the new group will make good use of this opportunity to gain valuable international exposure and learn to operate in various work environments."
Speaking about his experience, Haisan said, "Today's aviation industry is very demanding and competitive. But I firmly believe that this training programme will equip us with the right skills and knowledge to contribute to the ongoing efficiency and safety of the national airline of the UAE."
Etihad Airways' Technical Engineering Development Programme, which currently has over 200 students, prepares young UAE nationals for positions with the airline's technical division, where they have access to its state-of-the-art facilities and work on one of the most modern fleets in the world.