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Etihad To Enable Pilots To Fly Both Airbus A350 and A380 Interchangeably

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has achieved a significant milestone in pilot training and flight operations.

After rigorous regulatory approvals and comprehensive pilot training, Etihad’s flight crew is now authorized to seamlessly operate both the Airbus A350 and A380 aircraft interchangeably. This achievement places Etihad among the pioneering airlines globally, demonstrating remarkable versatility in its pilot capabilities.

Traditionally, airline pilots are restricted to flying a single aircraft type. However, under specific conditions such as a high degree of similarity in flight deck design, pilot procedures, and specialized training pilots can be enabled to operate two similar aircraft types. This is made possible through a dedicated program approved by both the aircraft manufacturer and the Civil Aviation Authority, known as ‘Mixed Fleet Flying’ or ‘MFF.’

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Chief Operating Officer at Etihad Airways, expressed pride in being one of the very first airlines to qualify its pilots for both the Airbus A350 and A380. He emphasized that this achievement would enhance the airline’s network resilience, flexibility, and commitment to pushing the boundaries of efficiency, innovation, and customer satisfaction all while prioritizing safety.

Etihad has a history of obtaining similar approvals over the past decade. Its Airbus pilots have been qualified to interchangeably fly the A320 and A330 types, as well as the A330 and A340 types. Additionally, Boeing pilots at Etihad have been authorized to fly both the 777 and 787 types, setting new standards for fleet commonality.

With this latest approval, allowing pilots to operate both the Airbus A350 and A380, Etihad’s widebody network will benefit from increased efficiency and flexibility.



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