One of Ethiopian Airlines’ ventures, their aviation academy at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, added its own excitement to the 70th anniversary of the airline when 347 students from various courses graduated, now able to join the aviation industry in Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy (EAA), recognized as an ICAO Center of Excellence with full membership of ICAO TRAINAIR Plus and IATA authorized global training center, on this occasion graduated 25 pilots, 35 aviation maintenance technicians, 43 cabin crew, and 244 commercial and ground service professionals at a colorful ceremony held at Ethiopian Aviation Academy on June 9.
This includes a number of Rwandese nationals, which testifies Ethiopian Airlines’ key role in African integration and self-sufficiency, as RwandAir is in the final stage of a major expansion of destinations and fleet.
During the ceremony, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam congratulated the graduates and gave out diplomas to all the graduates, flight wings to graduating pilots and cabin crew, and achievement awards to outstanding academic performers.
He told them: “Our sharp focus in human resource development and adequate and timely investment in our Aviation Academy’s internal capacity building are the strong foundation for the remarkable success in our vision 2025 strategic road map of fast, profitable and sustainable growth. Adequate number and quality of qualified aviation professionals are the prerequisite for a successful and vibrant African aviation industry, and Ethiopian Aviation Academy is working hard to progressively realize this objective.”
Many African airlines in fact do send their pilots for the mandatory flight simulator training to Addis Ababa where the facilities exist to undergo such sessions on state-of-the-art equipment, providing African airlines with cost effective ways to meet regulatory requirements.