Bahrain-based Gulf Air and Etihad Airways have signed a simulator training deal allowing Gulf Air Boeing 787-9 pilots to travel to Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Aviation Training facility for training.

Under the agreement, signed at the November 2018 Bahrain International Air Show, Gulf Air will dry-lease full-flight simulators (FFS) from Etihad Aviation Training (EAT). The training will be conducted by Gulf Air instructors.

“This is the start of ongoing projects with Etihad Airways and Etihad Aviation Training,” Gulf Air COO Suhail Abdulhameed Ismaeel said. The training cooperation involves “working hand-in-hand with our friends in EAT and using their facilities to train our flying crew.”

EAT increasingly provides training services to airlines other than Etihad. EAT accountable director Paolo La Cava said, “2018 has been a strong year for the organization since its re-launch in January as a commercially focused operation, offering aviation training to a global client base.”

The Abu Dhabi EAT facility operates 11 full-flight simulators for various Airbus and Boeing types. These include two 787 machines, with a third 787 device, which will be available in Abu Dhabi to third-party customers by year-end.

Gulf Air has ordered 10 787-9s, with five scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2018.

Alan Dron