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.

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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