"Through this agreement, Emirates Group Security will collaborate with Etihad Aviation Group to share know-how and extend aviation security services."
The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) two leading airlines, Emirates and Etihad, have strengthened their security arrangements with the signing of an intelligence-sharing agreement – the first of its kind between them – that will enhance security and safety in the skies.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Emirates Group Security and Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) welcomes in a new era of closer collaboration on the issue of airline security that the companies say will use their expertise to “enhance efficiency and security for the benefit of both groups’ customers”.
The president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO and chairman of the Emirates Group, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said that the landmark agreement between the two carriers would help them navigate the complex landscape of security risks and threats in aviation. “Security is one of the foremost priorities of the global aviation industry. Through this agreement, Emirates Group Security will collaborate with EAG to share know-how and extend aviation security services in order to better handle shared challenges, which ultimately benefits travellers.”
Hamad Abdulla Al Shamsi, vice chairman of EAG and senior representatives from Emirates Group Security, echoed those thoughts and added that it represented a partnership that was as important symbolically as it was strategically.
Under the MoU, Emirates Group Security will also extend its security training and education programmes to Etihad Airways and will support the Abu Dhabi-based airline in the development of its own security escort capability. In the longer term, Emirates Group Security will also share the content and structure of its extensive security development curriculum and work with EAG in setting up a structured in-house security education programme with possible university-level accreditation.
The news comes a week after reports that the U.A.E. had reinstated a travel ban that existed between the country and Tunisia, which had been put in place due to what U.A.E. called “security information”. The issue proved particularly controversial as it was alleged that the UAE had slapped a ban on all women flying into – or transiting between – the Arab state’s airports.
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