Etihad Airways’ training unit has received European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to train Boeing 777 and 787 pilots on behalf of airlines based in Europe and those outside the continent which follow its safety standards.

Etihad Aviation Training, which has 11 full-motion simulators including five 777 and 787 training devices, provides ab initio up to type-rating courses as well as upset-recovery and performance-based-navigation training. The company says it will “soon” add training capabilities for the Airbus A350.

EASA approval for the two Boeing widebodies follows Etihad’s designation by the European regulator in 2018 as an approved training organisation for Airbus A320, A330 and A340 pilots.

“Some operators have insufficient capacity to conduct training in their own facilities while others do not have in-house capabilities,” states Etihad Aviation Training vice-president and managing director Paolo La Cava.

The latest EASA approval “significantly broadens” the markets in which Etihad’s training division can provide services, “enabling the business to support operators in Europe and elsewhere – particularly in the fast-growing Asia region, where EASA standards have been adopted”, adds La Cava.