Etihad all set on expansion plans. Recruits 40 pilots from Alitalia.
Etihad Airways, UAE’s national airlines has announced the recruitment of 40 pilots from Alitalia, the struggling national airline of Italy. Earlier, Etihad had announced a deal to acquire 49% stake in Alitalia.
“Etihad Airways will hire hundreds of pilots over the next three years to keep pace with the rapid expansion of our aircraft fleet and global network. To help achieve our target, we conducted a roadshow in Italy earlier this year to present our airline to Alitalia’s pilots, and invited those interested in joining us …and we are delighted to welcome pilots of their calibre into the Etihad Airways family,” said James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways.
It will hire more than 500 captains and first officers over the next three years as part of its large-scale global campaign. The new recruits will be hired under a three-year contract with an option to become a permanent employees.
“There is a real sense of excitement amongst the pilots that are transferring from Alitalia to Etihad Airways, and we are all united in our dedication to serving the airline and its passengers to the best of our ability, said Captain De Liddo, one of the first recruits.
Earlier this week, Maurizio Lupi, Italy’s minister of infrastructure and transport was reported to have said that there are no possible “obstacles” at this stage in the Etihad Airways and Alitalia deal. The alliance is expected to be fully operational by January 1, 2015.