Etihad Airways was recently awarded a US$14 million contract to Spatial Composite Solutions for crew training equipment for the global civil aviation and aerospace industries.
Under the contract, Spatial will design and manufacture a total of 14 cabin crew training devices, including Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner models, to the latest specifications and install these at the Etihad Innovation Training Academy in Abu Dhabi.
The company will also build a series of door and cabin trainers that cater to the airline’s fleet of Airbus A320, Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft, and will conduct an extensive refurbishment program. The devices are currently being manufactured under licence from Boeing and Airbus at Spatial’s facility in RAKIA Free Zone in Ras Al Khaimah, and initial handovers have already commenced.
Aubrey Tiedt, vice president guest services at Etihad Airways, said: “We continuously invest in training facilities. These will provide our cabin crew with the best environment in which to hone their skills. We look forward to receiving our new equipment, including our first Airbus A380 and Boeing B787 training devices, in December.”