Etihad Airways has confirmed that its pilots could take up positions with it rival Emirates Airlines to up to two years.
According to internal memo sent out, Etihad pilots can fly for Emirates and receive full benefits and salaries from the emirates. The pilots who wish to fly for Emirates, will have to take a leave of absence, yet continue to retain their seniority with Etihad.
The move is to strengthen middle eastern based airlines in the competitive global market, where shortage of pilots are on the rise. This is the second collaboration agreement between the two rivals, after Etihad Aviation Group and Emirates Group Security signed an agreement to cooperate in aviation security in January this year.
However both say that they will cooperate where it make sense but will not merge as some aviation analysts speculate