Emirates is preparing for the delivery of 65 A350s starting later this year with a new training programme created with IATA and Airbus.

The new Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) program for the Airbus A350 type rating will be launched at Emirates’ training college in Dubai with 256 pilots set to undergo the training from July 2024.

The three different parties will work together on the training, with IATA focusing on program design using its published guidance for CBTA, Airbus contributing knowledge of the aircraft along with its own CBTA experience while Emirates will deliver its own CBTA training and operational experience.

This collaboration will create and deliver the first A350 type rating training in full alignment with the latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for CBTA training and with the best practices contained in the IATA CBTA Guide for Flight Crew Training.

IATA SVP for operations, safety and security Nick Careen said: “Combining the expertise of Emirates, Airbus and IATA to design and deliver A350 type rating training is a unique opportunity.

“Our joint aim is to fully utilize the benefits of CBTA to qualify the pilots on the A350 in the most efficient and effective way possible.

“And by doing it together all three organisations will also gain valuable experience that can strengthen their other training activities.”

Emirates senior vice president, flight training Bader Al Marzooqi added: ” The tailored CBTA program for the A350 supports the integration of 65 new A350 aircraft, with 1,000 pilots set to complete the A350 Type Rating course.”Subscribe to the FINN weekly newsletter

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