Wednesday, June 12, 2024
From cockpit to cargo hold

From cockpit to cargo hold

Loadmaster Rashed Saeed Alsafran Alhajeri has become the first ‘Hero of Etihad’.
As the Abu Dhabi-based carrier says, his career path in aviation is far from typical. He initially set out to become a pilot – but life got in the way. However, he remained committed to pursuing his dream of working in aviation.

After an intense training programme that took him across Etihad’s global network of destinations, Alhajeri successfully qualified as a cargo loadmaster and is now the first ever UAE national to fill the role at Emirates.

His is the complex task of planning the distribution of cargo within Etihad’s aircraft, calculating the aircraft’s centre of gravity and how much weight each compartment can safely hold. Along with ensuring safety, loadmasters also make sure cargo is packed as efficiently as possible.

A new video forms part of the aviation group’s ‘Heroes of Etihad’ series, showcasing members of the Etihad family who make the choice to go above and beyond every day.
The campaign also serves to give an inside look into Etihad’s culture, while highlighting lesser-known opportunities in Abu Dhabi’s thriving aviation sector.


The video can be seen here:

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James Graham

James Graham is an award-winning transport media journalist with a long background in the commercial freight sector, including commercial aviation and the aviation supply chain. He was the initial Air Cargo Week journalist and retuned later for a stint as editor. He continues his association as editor of the monthly supplements. He has reported for the newspaper from global locations as well as the UK.


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