Flight school: Emirates style

When it comes to training pilots, few airlines can afford a dedicated airport or décor befitting a high-end hotel. Richard Schuurman travels to the Emirates Flight Training Academy in Dubai to find out more.

Many cadets aspire to work on the bigger types, including the A380-800. Example, A6-EDT (c/n 090), cruising to another destination in the vast Emirates network.
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Were it not for the large Emirate Flight Training Academy (EFTA) sign on the façade outside, you could be forgiven for thinking you were standing in the atrium of a hotel. In fact, the facility is so plush – heavy glazing and accented in dark stone and natural woods – that the students, in their uniform of grey trousers and blue blazers with the prominent EFTA logo, look almost out of place. But this is not a boutique establishment – it is a school intended to meet Emirates’ insatiable appetite for new flight crews.

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