Watch as I go behind the scenes at the Etihad Airways Aviation Training Centre

Feb 25, 2021

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Last year, before the U.K. was in its third lockdown, I left the country to film a video on board the rare British Airways 787 Dreamliner route from London (LHR) to Athens (ATH). After arriving in Greece, Boris Johnson announced a fresh national lockdown — the second of its kind — to take place throughout November 2020. I took this as a cue to remain abroad and found myself in the United Arab Emirates for a period.

Whilst I was there, I was invited by Etihad Airways to experience a day at its Aviation Training Centre and get a glimpse of what it’s like to train as a pilot and as cabin crew.

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As well as fulfilling some lifelong dreams — like getting to open and close an aircraft door and land a plane at London Heathrow — I also learned a great deal. In our latest video, I break down the five things that I learned during my trip to Etihad HQ about aviation.

You can watch the fascinating behind-the-scenes video from the day here:

Featured photo by Nicky Kelvin/The Points Guy.

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