Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Emirates Group Security for cooperation in aviation security.
The MoU was officially signed by president, Emirates Airline, Sir Tim Clark and group CEO, EAG, Tony Douglas, in the presence of chairman and CEO, Emirates Airline & Group, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum; vice chairman, EAG, HE Hamad Abdulla Al Shamsi; as well as senior representatives from both groups, at the Emirates Group Headquarters in Dubai.
The prolific agreement marks the first between the UAE’s world leading aviation groups, and highlights the importance of closer collaboration in terms of aviation security, in order to effectively utilise joint synergies to enhance security and efficiency for customers.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two groups will share information and intelligence on vital aspects of aviation security and will work closely on operational areas both within and outside the UAE.
HE Al Maktoum stated: “Security is one of the foremost priorities of the global aviation industry. Over the years, Emirates Group Security has built strong expertise and capabilities to successfully navigate the complex landscape of security risks and threats in aviation.
“Through this agreement, Emirates Group Security will collaborate with Etihad Aviation Group to share know-how and extend aviation security services in order to better handle shared challenges, which ultimately benefits travellers,” he concluded.
“This is a landmark partnership and one which is as important symbolically as it is strategically,” declared EAG’s HE Al Shamsi. “As the national airline of the UAE, we have a responsibility to seek and develop greater collaboration with our major aviation partners in the UAE for the continued safety and convenience of millions of travellers worldwide.”
Emirates Group Security will also extend its security training and education programmes to Etihad Airways and will support the Abu Dhabi-based airline in the development of its own security escort capability. In the longer term, Emirates Group Security will also share the content and structure of its extensive security development curriculum and work with Etihad Aviation Group in setting up a structured in-house security education programme, with possible university level accreditation.