Etihad Airways Seeks Talent with International Pilot Recruitment Drive

Etihad Airways flight crew pose for pilot recruitment promotion
Photo Credit: Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national carrier, is stepping out with a global pilot recruitment campaign.

This initiative aims to attract hundreds of skilled aviators to support the airline’s growing fleet and network.

The roadshow kicks off in eight European cities before venturing to other international destinations.

A Recruitment Roadshow for Pilots

Etihad is set to double its 2022 fleet size by 2030, offering extraordinary growth opportunities for pilots choosing to join the airline now.

The UAE national carrier is seeking pilots of all ranks and aircraft types from across the Etihad fleet. This spans the Airbus A320, A350 and A380 as well as the Boeing 777 and 787, and Boeing 777 freighters.

Etihad Airways Welcomes Three Boeing 787 Dreamliners
Photo Credit: Etihad Airways.

Pilots who do not yet fulfil the Etihad criteria but may wish to join in the future are also encouraged to attend the roadshow or register their interest online.

The recruitment drive will begin in Cyprus, Bulgaria, Albania, Romania, Hungary, Poland and Lithuania and expand globally in the months to follow

Pilots will benefit from excellent career progression opportunities, a tax-free salary, a wide range of benefits and a home in the vibrant city of Abu Dhabi.

Exterior view of Zayed International Airport
Photo Credit: Etihad Airways

Building a Dream in Abu Dhabi

Beyond an exciting career, Etihad recognizes the importance of family and lifestyle. They extend their welcome to partners and families of prospective pilots at the roadshows.

The goal is to showcase Abu Dhabi as an exceptional place to live and work. The modern city offers a vibrant mixed community, world-class amenities, and a safe environment.

Sharing Ambitions and Opportunities

John Wright, Etihad’s Chief Operations and Guest Officer, emphasizes the value they place on pilot aspirations. “We want to showcase what Etihad and Abu Dhabi can offer, seeking pilots who share our ambitions,” he says.

Highlighting both career progression and the fantastic lifestyle in Abu Dhabi, Wright underscores their commitment to pilot satisfaction.

Etihas Airways pilots perform a walkaround on an Airbus A380.
Photo Credit: Etihad

Fast-Paced Growth, Endless Possibilities

As one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, Etihad plans to double its fleet size by 2030. This rapid expansion translates to exceptional career advancement opportunities for pilots seeking a long-term, rewarding career.

Join Etihad’s diverse pilot community, representing 142 nationalities, and experience the thrill of flying to over 70 destinations worldwide.

The airline is constantly expanding its network, with exciting new routes like Bali, Jaipur, and Al Qassim recently added.

Photo Credit: Etihad Airways

Living the Dream in the UAE

For families, Abu Dhabi offers a welcoming community with excellent schools and a plethora of family-friendly activities.

Pilots can unwind on stunning beaches, explore the desert, or indulge in the city’s vibrant restaurant scene. The nearby metropolis of Dubai adds another layer of excitement to your life in the UAE.


With the carrier set to double its 2022 fleet size by 2030, Etihad’s recruitment of pilots must now step up to meet planned growth.

The opportunity is there and a carrier of the standing of Etihad Airways will certainly take a pilot’s career to new heights.

With a commitment to growth, a diverse work environment, and a fantastic lifestyle in Abu Dhabi, Etihad offers a truly unmatched opportunity for pilots of all backgrounds.

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