Ali Abdullah Mohammed Al Dosari (pictured above centre), a 13-year old autistic child who always dreamed of becoming a pilot, finally realised his dream when he was invited to experience a simulator flight, and to meet with Etihad Airways pilots, who presented him with a customised pilot uniform.
The event was attended by members of EAG’s senior management including: Khaled Almehairbi, Senior Vice President and General Manager Etihad Airport Ground Services– Abu Dhabi Hub; Captain Salah Awadh Alfarajalla, Senior Vice President Security & National Pilot Development, Captain Majed Al Marzouqi, Vice President Flight Operations; Adil Al Mulla, Vice President Procurement and Supply Management; Ali Al Shamsi, Vice President Global Airports; Linda Celestino, Vice President Guest Experience Delivery; Dr. Nadia Qassem Mohd Yousuf Bastaki, Vice President Medical Services and CSR Strategy; Wissam Hachem, Vice President Learning and Development; along with Dr. Khawla Salem Rashed Al Saaedi, President of Emirates Autism Society.
About Etihad Aviation Group:
Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) is a diversified global aviation and travel group comprising five business divisions – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways Engineering, Etihad Airport Services, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners. The group has minority investments in seven airlines: airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional.
From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to, or has announced plans to serve, more than 110 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of over 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with 204 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s.