Etihad orders Embraer jets

Etihad orders Embraer jets

The deal is valued at about $30 million, based on current list prices, if all options are exercised, and deliveries of the aircraft to Etihad Flight College will start in Q1 2016.



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Published: Wed 24 Jun 2015, 11:18 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:46 PM

Dubai — Etihad Flight College, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Etihad Airways, has signed a purchase agreement for four Embraer Phenom 100E aircraft, and options for three additional aircraft of the same model.

The deal is valued at about $30 million, based on current list prices, if all options are exercised, and deliveries of the aircraft to Etihad Flight College will start in Q1 2016.

Based in Al Ain, the Etihad Flight College was established to train ab-initio pilots for the airline’s fleet, and currently provides fixed wing training for up to 120 Emirati and international cadets annually.

The delivery of the four new Embraer Phenom 100E aircraft will bring to 20 the number of aircraft in the trainer fleet, which also includes 10 Cessna 172SP Skyhawk and six Diamond DA42NG aircraft.

“As the national airline of the UAE, it is vital for us to establish a world-class training facility to support the training and manpower development of the local Emirati workforce, while also providing a source of well-trained, highly-skilled pilots for our growing operations,” said Richard Hill, Etihad Airways’ chief operations officer.

“The Phenom 100E’s airline-grade technology, performance and reliability make it an ideal initial training platform to prepare our cadets for line operations.”

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