Embraer delivers training jet to Etihad

13 de junho de 2016

São Paulo – Embraer and Etihad Airways announced this Monday (13) that the first of four Phenom 100E model aircraft was delivered to the United Arab Emirates company this Sunday (12). The aircraft will be used for pilot training at Etihad Flight College, which is operated by the Abu Dhabi airline. The next aircraft will arrive at the UAE at the end of the month, with the other two set to be delivered early next year.

According to Etihad, the model will be used to teach the students of the Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL), in which they train as a team, just like in the airline regular flights. In the old format courses, students train individually. Future pilots of Alitalia and Air Seychelles, Etihad’s partner airlines, will also train using the Phenom 100E.

Still according to Etihad, when all the Phenom 100E arrive at the flight college, the institution will have 22 aircraft for training. Currently, Etihad has 186 pilot students and the majority of them are Emiratis. The company employs more than 2,200 pilots.

According to Embraer, Phenom 100E was also ordered by other countries to be used in pilot training. The model reaches 720 km/hour, 12,500m altitude and has a flight range of 2,182 km. In a statement, Marco Tulio Pellegrini, president of Embraer Executive Aviation, said that the flight college will be the first of its kind to use this aircraft in the main stage of pilot training.

To arrive at the United Arab Emirates, the model took off and landed in airports in four continents. It left São José dos Campos, the city where Embraer’s headquarters is located, landed in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso do Sul, and in Manaus, Amazonas, before leaving Brazil. In the Caribbean, it had stops in Trinidad and Tobago and in Puerto Rico. Later, it landed in the states of Florida, Virginia and Maine, USA, in Newfoundland, Canada, in Greenland, Iceland, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Amsterdam, Holland, Italy, Greece, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Ten days and 20,100 km later after takeoff, it arrived at its base in Al Ain.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani