Emirates Flight training academy expands its fleet
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Emirates Flight Training Academy has recently signed an agreement with Cirrus Aircraft and Embraer to order 27 new aircraft.
The academy is placing the order to address its growing need for pilots. The agreement was signed for an order that includes 22 single-piston engine Cirrus SR22’s and five twin-jet Embraer Phenom 100E, which are valued at more than US$39 million dollars at list prices.
The aircraft, which will be delivered starting in 2017, will be used by cadet pilots for their training. This order will allow Emirates Flight Training Academy cadet pilots to receive their training in Dubai. Previously, cadet pilots underwent a majority of their training at a variety of locations overseas.
Adel Al Redha, Emirates executive vice president and chief operations officer, said: “Industry forecasts show growth need of pilots particularly over next few years. The Middle East and the Gulf region will have highest demand for pilots to support its expansion and introduction of new aircraft. Our decision to purchase these new aircraft for training underscores our commitment to equip the Academy, as well as the aviation industry.”
The Emirates Flight Training Academy will initially focus on Emirates’ existing cadet pilot programme for UAE nationals, with the aim to expand intake to other candidates in the future.
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