Riyadh Air & Saudia Academy to boost strategic collaboration

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Riyadh Air-Saudia Academy Partnership
Officials during the signing ceremony | SPA

Riyadh Air has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudia Academy, a subsidiary of Saudia Group, to enhance aviation training capabilities in the Kingdom.

According to a press release, the objective is to raise the training standards of pilots, cabin crew, and flight dispatchers.

Further, the partnership aims to “cultivate a robust talent pipeline and strengthen Saudi Arabia’s position as a key player in the global aviation arena.”

Under the terms of the MoU, Riyadh Air, and Saudia Academy will combine their expertise and resources to deliver comprehensive training programs covering many disciplines crucial to the aviation industry. These programs will encompass technical training, aviation fundamentals, ground operations, management principles, language proficiency, and regulatory compliance. The collaboration will also extend to executive education and coaching, catering to the professional development needs of aviation leaders and decision-makers.

Riyadh Air COO Peter Bellew said that, “This strategic partnership with Saudia Academy exemplifies our commitment to nurturing talent and fostering excellence in the aviation sector. By pooling our strengths and leveraging our collective experience, we aim to establish a world-class training ecosystem that empowers aviation professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in their roles.”

Saudia Academy CEO Capt. Ismail AL Koshy stated that, “At Saudia Academy, we recognize the importance of investing in training and development to ensure the highest standards of safety and service excellence. Through this partnership with Riyadh Air, we are poised to set new benchmarks in aviation training, equipping our personnel with the competencies required to navigate the dynamic landscape of the aviation industry.”

The collaboration between Riyadh Air and Saudia Academy underscores the Kingdom’s steadfast commitment to advancing its aviation capabilities and supporting the growth of its aviation workforce, as per the statement.

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