Emirates Flight Training Academy receives delivery of first training aircraft

The new Cirrus SR22 G6 training aircraft.
Updated 13 September 2017
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Emirates Flight Training Academy receives delivery of first training aircraft

Emirates Flight Training Academy, a state-of-the-art flight training facility being developed by Emirates to respond to the global aviation industry’s need for pilots, has taken delivery of its first two Cirrus SR22 G6 training aircraft in Dubai. These are the first of the 22 single-piston engine Cirrus aircraft that have been ordered by the Academy to train ab initio pilots.
The two Cirrus SR22 G6 aircraft, A6-CTA and A6-CTB, landed in Dubai following a transatlantic journey spanning over 13,000 km. Given the size of the aircraft and other restrictions including the size of the fuel tanks and range, the journey from Cirrus’ manufacturing facilities in the USA to Dubai had to be split into multiple segments.
Upon completion of manufacture, the two aircraft were flown from Duluth, Minnesota to Knoxville, Tennessee — the location of Cirrus’ aircraft delivery center. Once at the delivery center, the aircraft were inspected and teams from Cirrus and Emirates Flight Training Academy went through a series of pre-flight appearance, functionality checks and test flights. The two Cirrus planes then embarked on an 11-stop transatlantic journey transiting through 10 countries flying an average of over 5 hours a day.
Flying out from Knoxville, A6-CTA and A6-CTB stopped at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA followed by Sept Iles and Iqaluit in Canada. From Iqaluit the two aircraft set out to cross the Atlantic Ocean in two stretches, stopping first at Nuuk in Greenland, then at Reykjavik in Iceland and completing the transatlantic sector at Wick in Scotland. These flights were also the longest segments in the aircraft’s journey from the US to Dubai.
Once in Europe, the two aircraft made their way from Scotland to Sywell in Northamptonshire, England and from thereon to Venice, Crete, Aqaba, Bahrain and finally to Dubai. All the flights were done in daylight and the two aircraft flew in loose formation throughout the entire journey allowing for easier air traffic clearances.
The Cirrus SR22 G6 aircraft will form the backbone of the training fleet of the Emirates Flight Training Academy.


Events company sees KSA as market leader

Updated 20 May 2018
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Events company sees KSA as market leader

  • My Events International is based in Malaysia and operates on three continents worldwide.
  • ‘Saudi Arabia is being renewed,’ says My Events International founder.

JEDDAH: A global events company has begun operations in Saudi Arabia with a plan to make the Kingdom and Vision 2030 the focus of a growing world market in event management. 

My Events International provides event management, marketing, and sponsor and sales management in sectors including banking, technology, health care and construction.

The Malaysia-based firm operates in India, Kuwait, the UK, Singapore, Nigeria — and now Saudi Arabia. 

The company’s Jeddah opening was attended by Khaled Almaeena, Al-Abeer director; My Events International Saudi Arabia manager Shahul Dawood; founder and president of My Events International, Mohammed Abudawood; and Malaysia’s consul general in Jeddah, Dato Mohamad Ali bin Selamat.

The opening also included the launch of Expo Malaysia, which will showcase the country overseas.

“Our partnership with My Events International will help create a new trademark in Saudi Arabia that compatible with Vision 2030 and the new changes that is bringing,” Almaeena said.

“We are proud to announce that we are organizing the Malaysia Expo, which promotes trade and investment between the two countries and will provide job opportunities for Saudi youth,” he said.

Dawood said: “Saudi Arabia is our fifth country to have a partnership. We have entered Saudi Arabia at the best time — most of the doors are opened for us, and people are encouraging and supportive. 

“We are also aiming to do a special program for women. We are not only an event managing company, but also a specialist in content creation and public private partnership.”

Abudawood said: “We are witnessing a country that is being renewed. Youth represents 70 percent of the Saudi community, and they are full of energy and new ideas, so talking about events and entertainment will help make this change happen.”

Selamat said: “Malaysia and Saudi Arabia are two countries with great potential in sectors such as tourism, as well as developing small and medium enterprises.

“My Events International has great significance in events development, and this partnership will help strengthen ties between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, and promote economic relations as well.”