Airlines Emirates and Etihad cooperate in aviation security

Emirates and Etihad have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in aviation security.

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The MoU was signed by Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, and Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad.

One of the key areas of cooperation outlined in the MoU involves the sharing of information and intelligence between Emirates Group Security and Etihad Aviation Group on critical aspects of aviation security. The two entities will also work together on operational areas both within and outside the UAE.

Under the MoU, Emirates and Etihad will extend its security training programmes and Emirates will support Etihad in the development of an own security escort capability.

The historic agreement, the first between the UAE’s two world-leading aviation groups, signals the importance of closer collaboration in aviation security to effectively exploit joint synergies to enhance efficiency and security for the benefit of both groups’ customers. 

“Security is our utmost priority and given the current sensitive climate we operate in, it should never be underestimated. The signing of an MoU between the two largest aviation groups in the country will have a positive impact on local and international operations by significantly enhancing aviation security measures. By working closely together, and pooling our expertise and resources, Etihad Aviation Group and Emirates Group Security will build a stronger platform from which to share best practice and knowledge, allowing us to provide the safest travelling environment for our customers,” said HE Hamad Abdulla Al Shamsi.

Dubai based carrier Emirates is the largest operator of the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777-300ER. Emirates operates a fleet of over 240 long-haul aircraft. Etihad, based in Abu Dhabi, operates a fleet of over 110 on short-, medium- and long-haul flights.

Several industry insiders expect the two Gulf carriers to enhance cooperation over the next years. Dubai is situated around 100 kilometers away from Abu Dhabi.

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