AFRICANGLOBE – Ethiopian Airlines Group has inaugurated its recently upgraded Aviation Academy. The group invested US$100 million in the upgrade project. With an annual intake capacity of 4,000 students, thanks to the expansion, the school will reinforce its position as the largest and finest Aviation Academy in Africa according to a statement.
The refurbished academy has five training schools, which include the pilot training school, aviation maintenance training school, commercial and ground service school and leadership school.
The expanded academy also has several flight simulators, the B-777, B-787, B-737, B-767/757 and the Q-400, which enables the academy to offer full type rating trainings for pilots as an authorised training organisation.
Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian said, “We are proud to be in a position to avail the latest and next generation aviation technology training machines and facilities where we can train the continent’s youth and prepare them for the 21st century African Aviation development,”
“The Ethiopian Aviation Academy is positioning itself to be the catalyst leader in aviation training technology in supporting the African Union to realize its vision 2063”.
Last month, the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy graduated 14 pilots, 53 aviation technicians, 38 marketing agents and 38 cabin crew, including nine trainee pilots from Rwanda three of which are female.
Ethiopian Airlines, which is the largest and most profitable airline in Africa, has continued to expanding as competing African airlines are mired in heavy losses. The airline has pursued an aggressive expansion strategy, which has quickly transformed the carrier into the continent’s leading airline, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Source: Ethiopian Airlines