Etihad to collaborate with Israir Airlines to offer full flight training

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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UAE’s Etihad Aviation Training (EAT), part of the Etihad Aviation Group, has signed an agreement with Israeli Israir Airlines to provide full-flight simulator training for Airbus A320 pilots from Israeli Airlines.

As part of the deal, Israir will dry lease EAT’s Full-Flight Simulators at the training center in Abu Dhabi. The training will be conducted by Israir instructors at the Etihad training facility.

A dry lease is a leasing arrangement whereby an aircraft financing entity provides an aircraft without crew, ground staff, and so on.

Captain Paolo La Cava, Managing Director of Etihad Aviation Training said, “Following Etihad’s announcement to commence services to Tel Aviv, EAT is delighted to further commercial opportunities with Israel by providing comprehensive aviation training services to Israir Airlines.”

Uri Sirkis
Uri Sirkis
CEO – Israir Airlines

“Close to the signing of the Abraham Accords peace agreement, I met Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group and Managing Director & Vice President of Etihad Aviation Training, Captain Paolo La Cava at Etihad Headquarters. The short visit revealed to me a rare opportunity to use the EAT simulator facility, just a three-hour flight away from Israel. Beyond the economic and professional benefits, I believe that the more meeting points we find between the countries, the stronger the tourism movement will be. This is the true peace.”


Etihad Aviation Training (EAT) is one of the largest training facilities in the Middle East, providing a wide variety of training services, including airline training, type ranking, cabin crew safety training, instructor training, cadet programs, and aircraft maintenance training.

EAT provides extensive pilot training and has collaborated with more than 40 airlines. It further provides pilots complete flight training devices including Airbus and Boeing Full-Flight Simulators, Airbus and Boeing Fixed Training Devices, and Flight Navigation Procedures Training.