Emirates is adding a new aircraft fleet worth $4.3 million to the size of its flight training academy.
The airline announced that it has placed an order with Diamond Aircraft Industries, a top general aviation aircraft manufacturer based in Austria, for three twin-engine DA42-VI aircraft and a related flight simulator.
The airline announced that the multi-engine piston (MEP) training program at Emirates Flying Training Academy will begin with the AUSTRO jet-fuel-powered DA42-VI as its flagship aircraft (EFTA).
The newest model of Diamond’s light piston twin-engine aircraft is the 4-seater DA42-VI. It is the first general aviation piston aircraft with a modern airframe, avionics, and powertrains that is certified.
It has been designed to make transitioning from single to twin engines much easier.
According to Emirates, the aircraft generates fuel savings of up to 50% compared to conventional aviation gas (AVGAS) powered twins, and its panoramic canopy provides excellent visibility during all flight maneuvers.
“Our new fleet from Diamond Aircraft is part of our larger strategic intent for our cadet programme.
It helps us design a bridging MEP programme for cadets to gain more flying experience while progressing from a single engine to a light jet aircraft. It strengthens our offering and makes it more unique, rounded and robust.
Our cadets will benefit hugely as they gain experience on three different types of aircraft, even before they’re licensed.
The new fleet also helps us go above and beyond on complying with the new GCAA guidelines. The DA42-VI is reliable, eco-friendly and a practical platform for MEP training. We’re confident we’ve made the right choice,” Capt Abdulla Al Hammadi, vice president of Emirates Flight Training Academy said in a statement.
We’re thrilled to announce Emirates Flight Training Academy's order for three twin-engine DA42-VI aircraft and its corresponding flight simulator from @DiamondAircraft, in a deal worth EUR 4 million in list prices. https://t.co/xBqCijRTTA pic.twitter.com/Qcq03KmoFL
— Emirates (@emirates) March 23, 2023