The extension, which will be built by Brookfield Multiplex Middle East + Asia, will house six flight simulator training bays, classrooms for pilot and cabin crew training, pilots' briefing and debriefing rooms, a new pilots' lounge and offices. Completed is due in November 2013.
Chief operations officer Captain Richard Hill has turned the first sod to mark the start of work on the new 5,300m2 facility. Hill said: "It will be a showpiece for how we train and maintain the skills of our more than 1,200 professional pilots and 3,200 cabin crew, in addition to offering crew training support to our strategic airline partners.”
Brookfield Multiplex Middle East + Asia's Managing Director, John Ferguson said: “We are delighted to be awarded the contract for the Training Academy and look forward to working closely with Etihad to deliver this key project for them.”