Posted on: 01 March 2012 by Mark Howells
flydubai has opened its new state-of-the-art training centre located in the Dubai Airport Freezone, making it the only certified Boeing 737 facility in the UAE.
flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, was joined by the director general of Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZ), Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, to cut the ribbon on the new centre, which has been approved by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). The centre allows flydubai to train its own cabin and flight deck crews as well as conducting third party training for other airlines around the region.
“Today is a very exciting day for flydubai. I am very proud of the efforts the team has made to create a training centre of this calibre,” declared Al Ghaith. “We have now had 30 batches of cabin crew graduate from our internal programme and I look forward to seeing more complete this world-leading training as well as welcoming other airlines to take advantage of the excellent training facilities we have here.”
The facility, which was built at a cost of more than AED2 million, includes a fire and smoke training simulator plus four large classrooms and a dedicated computer-based training room. It is an expansion of the original training centre, which was opened in August 2010, and houses a 737 door trainer, emergency training slide, pilot training seat as well as four traditional classrooms.
flydubai trains all its cabin crew in-house, from entry level to supervisors. All cabin crew undergo a five-week course prior to their first flight, which includes cabin service, first aid and safety and security training. The airline also conducts recurrent training for both cabin and flight deck crews.
Photo shows flydubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith and director general of Dubai Airport Freezone, Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, cutting the ribbon to open the new training centre.