Riyadh Air Boosts Training Capability with Saudia Academy

A Riyadh Air Boeing 787 on display.
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Riyadh Air, a recently established airline under the Saudia Group umbrella, is poised to make its mark in the regional aviation sector.

A newly formed partnership with Saudia Academy will seek to elevate training standards for pilots, cabin crew and flight dispatchers.

Launched in March 2023, the airline reflects Saudi Arabia’s ambition to expand its aviation footprint and contribute to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, a strategic plan for economic and social diversification.

Partnership with Saudia Academy

Signaling a significant step forward for Saudi Arabia’s aviation industry, Riyadh Air recently joined forces with Saudia Academy, a leading aviation training institution connected with Saudia, the national flag carrier.

Riyadh Air and Saudia Academy solidified their strategic collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The two partners signed the agreement at the Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh, aims to elevate the country’s aviation training capabilities.

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A World-Class Training Ecosystem

The partnership between Riyadh Air and Saudia Academy leverages the combined expertise and resources of both entities. This pairing seeks to create a comprehensive training program for aviation professionals. This program will encompass a wide range of crucial disciplines, including:

  • Technical Training: Equipping individuals with the technical knowledge and skills necessary for the safe and efficient operation of aircraft.
  • Aviation Fundamentals: Building a strong foundation in core aviation principles, encompassing areas like navigation, meteorology, and air traffic control procedures.
  • Ground Operations: Ensuring smooth and efficient ground handling of aircraft, passengers, and cargo.
  • Management Essentials: Providing aspiring aviation leaders with the necessary skills in areas like team management, resource allocation, and decision-making.
  • Language Proficiency: Emphasizing the importance of clear communication in a globalized industry. The training places a focus on aviation terminology and general language proficiency.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensuring adherence to all relevant safety and operational regulations set by national and international aviation authorities.

Additionally, the partnership extends beyond initial training by offering executive education and coaching programs.

These programs are designed to cater to the professional development needs of aviation leaders and decision-makers, fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth within the industry.

Photo Credit: Riyadh Air.

Investing in the Future

The collaboration between Riyadh Air and Saudia Academy typifies Saudi Arabia’s continued drive to advance its aviation capabilities.

By investing in a robust training program, the partnership aims to cultivate a highly skilled aviation workforce.

This skilled workforce will be instrumental in supporting the growth of domestic airlines like Riyadh Air. It will further strengthen Saudi Arabia’s position as a major player in the global aviation arena.

A well-trained and qualified workforce primarily ensures the safety and efficiency of air travel. It also contributes to the overall economic development of the region.

As Riyadh Air takes to the skies and Saudi Arabia continues to invest in its aviation sector, the future of Saudi Arabia’s aviation industry looks to be soaring high.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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