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Jeddah–Airbus has announced its plan to establish training incubators in Saudi Arabia to attract innovators in the air transport industry.

General Manager of Airbus Middle East Fouad Attar told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper: “The multi-phase “Entaliq with Airbus” is a platform designed to attract young men and women across Saudi Arabia to develop and refine their innovation efforts to promote the aviation industry.” The initiative is set to start in September.

Attar added that the program aims to enable entrepreneurs to move forward in this vital sector, through the main themes related to aviation operations, manufacturing lines and the skill level required for jobs in the aviation industry.

Airbus GM explained that creative ideas will enter a program that shall enhance their ability to compete with other businesses.

Attar explained that through the first phase of the program, the company is looking to attract young people across Saudi Arabia and benefit from their innovations that will develop the aviation industry.

In the second development phase of Entaliq with Airbus, shortlisted applicants will receive online and in-person training in aviation, innovation and business planning, as well as mentoring from industry experts and veterans.

Whereas the third showcase phase will see professional juries select the best applicants to pitch their projects to an expert panel made up of Airbus, TAQNIA Aeronautics, Saudia and other industry leadership. 

General Manager of Airbus Saudi Arabia Ali Milaat, said that Airbus is committed to innovation and entrepreneurship within a sustainable system that enhances the aviation sector. He added: “Innovation is part of Airbus’ DNA.”

Milaat explained that Airbus is willing and able to create an open platform for all innovators that will: “sink its roots deep and remain fruitful in the long term. We are not looking to merely write a check, but to bring our resources, expertise and commitment to bear in helping build an enduring entrepreneurial spirit to the nation.” 

Airbus Middle East is scheduled to open partnership in “Entaliq with Airbus” for all its partners in the aviation sector who share its vision to encourage innovation and sustainable projects in Saudi Arabia.

CEO of TAQNIA Aeronautics Ali Alghamdi owned by the Public Investment Funds, said: “Economies are sustained by entrepreneurs and innovation.” He added that the creation of a new system that promotes these technologies and knowledge will promote the industry.