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Operator Classification
Operator name: Etihad Airways
Operator type: Major/National/Low Cost
Region: Middle East
Country: United Arab Emirates
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Addtional notes: New housing policy: you can only live in the Emirate Abu Dhabi. After having pushed all the new joiners to go to Dubai they are now changing the policy. Even for those already living in Dubai.    
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Capt top Top salary goes up to just under 56000 AED
Capt base Starting salary of AED 35200 or US$ 9578 per month for Captains and an annual salary increment of 2%, becoming 3% after completing 5 years. Housing allowance of 14500 AED PM and kids education allowance secondary 50200 and primary 36000 AED
FO top 7956 USD 28/Mar/07
FO base Starting salary of AED 26,000 or US$ 7,075 per month for First Officer and an annual salary increment of 2%. 10/Sep/13
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Flight Pay / Per Diem
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Capt 4% payrise from 1st july
FO Flight Pay: AED 40 per/hr. Meal allowance during layovers as per the following rates: Middle East/GCC/Sub Continent AED12/hr -Asia/Far East AED15hr - Africa/Australasia AED18/hr -Europe/Americas AED 23/hr.
Pension Details
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New contracts 7 days of basic pay for first 3 years, 21 days per year thereafter. Not invested. End of Service benefit.  
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Roster 777 fleet very relaxed with little flying. 787 extremely busy with min days off. A320 fleet always busy, A330 being phased out. Constant changes and crew control bending rules.
Leave 42 days,most pilots never allocated full leave due to lack of pilots
Staff travel Unlimited ID90/ID50 with EY for staff, spouse, parents and inlaws, and 15 extra supplementary tickets per year for friends.
Employment Situation For Pilots
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  Current Situation:  
Sale and leaseback of 16 B777’s. A330 will be phased out 8/Feb/20
Another 150 pilots to be laid-off until the end or 2019. No Upgrades for First Officer since 3 years with no further career progression in the next years. Hiring new local pilots, DEC from EK to replace the terminated ones. 22/Aug/19
  Overall Situation (+ve/neutral/-ve):  
Neutral   8/Feb/20
Entry Requirements
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A minimum of 7000 hours total flying time and A minimum of 4000 hours on jet aircraft in excess of 60000 kgs and A minimum of 2500 hours in command of multi-crew jet engine aircraft in excess of 60000 kgs and ICAO ATPL,valid licence and medical Must be a current Captain and Maximum Age limit is 56 years old and English Language fluency ( written and verbal ) Preference would be given to candidates who are type rated or with wide body experience The hours mentioned above shall be on powered fix wing aircraft only 27/Feb/08
A330/340 &B777 A minimum of 2500 hours total flying time and A minimum of 1000 hours on multi crew, glass cockpit jet aircraft and A320: A minimum of 1500 hours total flying time and A minimum of 1000 hours on multi crew,glass cockpit jet aircraft ICAO ATPL,valid licence and medical Must be current and Maximum age limit is 53 years old and English Language Fluency ( written and verbal ) Preference would be given to candidates with Airbus 320,330,340 or B777 experience The hours mentioned above shall be on powered fix wing aircraft only 27/Feb/08
Recruitment Process
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3 day process. First day tech paper, psychometric, english. followed by group exercise. If you fail any of these you dont go onto the next which is interview. if you pass that, then you have sim check next day. If you pass that you have medical next day. 26/Feb/08
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2x A319, 25x A320, 6x A321, 27x A330, 11x A340, 2x B747 (Atlas, N-Reg), 1x B748, 30x B777, 4x A380, 5x B789 (All Jet Airways aircraft operating for Etihad will go back to Jet Airways - so fleet size temporarily reduced) 21/Mar/16
Orders: 10x A320NEO 4x A321, 26x A321NEO, 40x A350-900, 22x A350-1000, 6x A388, 1x B777F, 36x B787-9, 30x B787-10, 8x B777-8X, 17x B777-9X, 1x A332F Options: 18x A320-200 15x A350-1000 12x B777-300ER 25x B787-9 12x B787-10   21/Mar/16
Recruitment Contact For Pilots
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  Preferred method of application:  
Online only 6/Jul/15
Captain Jihad Matta   6/Jul/15
  Job Title:  
Head Of Pilot Recruitment   6/Jul/15
Abu Dhabi international airport, Etihad Airways complex.   6/Jul/15
http://www.etihadairways.com   21/Nov/04
  Pilot vacancies webpage:   
https://careers.etihad.com/Etihad/go/Pilot-and-SFI-Jobs/716401/   4/Apr/16
  Online application form link:   
Select the job you want and then click on "apply now".   21/Nov/04
Bases For Pilots
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AUH   16/Feb/08


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