Etihad Airways has officially opened a new state-of-the-art Crew Briefing Centre (CBC) at its hub in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The purpose-built crew terminal, the first built by the airline, is the most advanced of its kind in the region and is fitted with leading-edge baggage handling systems, electronic check-in kiosks, security and customs scanning equipment and e-gate facilities for immigration control.
The airline will provide user-friendly technology and convenience for its 2,250 flight crew and approximately 5,800 cabin crew during the check-in and briefing processes prior to boarding their flights. Operating crews will be provided with up-to-date flight information such as flight plans, weather reports, destination information, service protocol and passenger data, for review in dedicated briefing areas within the CBC.
Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said, “We are tremendously proud to open this spectacular facility, which has been designed and built to provide our operating crew and those of our partner airlines, with the latest technological advances and the utmost convenience.
“The Crew Briefing Centre will allow us to meet the challenges of an ever-transforming business and to meet the phenomenal growth of both Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi well into the future. This will be particularly important in the period leading up to the opening of the new Midfield Terminal.”
The technology used in the CBC allows operating crews to start their travel from home by using their phones and tablet devices to connect to the centre, providing the airline with a higher degree of visibility to guarantee a seamless operation. On their journey to the airport, crew members will receive real-time information about the flight and the airline will receive up-to-date information about their expected arrival time at the airport.
Located adjacent to Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi Airport, the expansive new facility measures approximately 88,264 ft² set over two floors, consisting of a steel frame structure with a bespoke cladding system reflecting Etihad Airways’ ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ corporate design, and features branded fleet and product renders throughout the building, with a superior high-quality finish. The contract for the building of the CBC was awarded to leading British construction firm McLaren, which operates from its two UAE bases located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.