Emirates’ commitment to career development
among its UAE National workforce has received a further boost with the
presentation of International Air Transport Association Senior
Diplomas to UAE National managers.At a ceremony at the Emirates Aviation College, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed
bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates, presented the diplomas to over
Also attending were Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General & CEO;
Teresa Harrington, Assistant Director, Airline Training, IATA; Patrick Wall,
US Commercial Attaché; and Adel Fehmy, US Commercial Specialist.
Present from Emirates were Maurice Flanagan, Vice Chairman & Group
President; Dermot Mannion, President Group Support Services; Abdulaziz Al
Ali, Executive Vice President Human Resources; Ismail Ali Albanna, Executive
Vice President Dnata; and Ghaith Al Ghaith, Executive Vice President
Commercial Operations Worldwide.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “This initiative is part of the Emirates Group’s ongoing
national career development strategy aimed at preparing UAE Nationals for
senior management opportunities throughout the company.
“I am very pleased to present these IATA senior diplomas to our
career-minded young managers.”
36 UAE Nationals in middle management were chosen to take IATA Senior
Diploma courses in Airline Commercial Management, Airport Services
Management and Airline Technical Services Management.
In his speech, Mr Bisignani said: “I congratulate the graduates of the first
class of the IATA Senior Diploma courses.
“It has been a difficult time for the aviation industry, with losses of
US$35 billion since 2001. IATA’s role is to lead major changes in the
industry and training plays an important part in response to the current
challenges. Therefore, I am delighted that these IATA courses taken by
Emirates’ managers have been a great success.”
Mr Bisignani concluded by congratulating Emirates on its forthcoming 20th
The IATA training courses have been funded through a purchase deal for
engines from US-based Engine Alliance to power Emirates’ new double-decker
Airbus A380-800 aircraft fleet.