Both Emirates Group Security and the Etihad Aviation Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the cooperation in aviation security.
Signing the MoU were Tim Clark, the President of Emirates Airline and Tony Douglas, the Chief Executive Officer of the Etihad Aviation Group.
Also witnessing the signing were Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, Hamad Abdulla Al Shamsi, Vice Chairman, Etihad Aviation Group and senior representatives from Emirates Group Security, Etihad Aviation Group, at the Emirates Group Headquarters in Dubai.
The agreement is a first between the UAE’s two world-leading groups. The MoU highlights the significance of better collaboration in aviation security to exploit synergies to improve efficiency and security for the benefit of the clientele of both groups.
A key area that is outlined in the pact involves the sharing of information and intelligence between the two parties on critical elements of aviation security. In addition, the two groups will also partner up on operational areas both in and outside the UAE.
Sheikh Ahmed said:
“Security is one of the foremost priorities of the global aviation industry. Over the years, Emirates Group Security has built strong expertise and capabilities to successfully navigate the complex landscape of security risks and threats in aviation.
“Through this agreement, Emirates Group Security will collaborate with Etihad Aviation Group to share know-how and extend aviation security services in order to better handle shared challenges, which ultimately benefits travellers.”
Hamad Abdulla Al Shamsi meanwhile, commented:
“This is a landmark partnership and one which is as important symbolically as it is strategically.
“As the national airline of the UAE, we have a responsibility to seek and develop greater collaboration with our major aviation partners in the UAE for the continued safety and convenience of millions of travellers worldwide.
“Security is our utmost priority and given the current sensitive climate we operate in, it should never be underestimated.
“The signing of an MoU between the two largest aviation groups in the country will have a positive impact on local and international operations by significantly enhancing aviation security measures.
“By working closely together, and pooling our expertise and resources, Etihad Aviation Group and Emirates Group Security will build a stronger platform from which to share best practice and knowledge, allowing us to provide the safest travelling environment for our customers.”