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Ethiopian Aviation Academy Certified As Regional Center Of Excellence 

By Andrew Nsosekatttt

The Ethiopian Aviation Academy of the Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and most modern aviation academy in Africa, has been certified as ICAO Regional Training Center of Excellence. The recognition came on May 11, at the ICAO’s Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS symposium held at Conrad hotel in Seoul, Korea.

Following a rigorous assessment of the organisation, its training and procedures manuals, facilities, training processes, qualification of staff and quality system.The academy attained its recognition as ICAO Regional training center of excellence .

The new status gained permits Ethiopian to develop and host ICAO training packages ITPs, in addition to ICAO recognised standardised training packages STPs of its own. Besides improving the quality of training, which is done by making it more of material dependent than instructor dependent, the ITPs and STPs can also exchange with all ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS members as well as generate revenue.

In a statement following the new gained status, Mr. Tewolde Gebre Mariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian airlines, said, “We believe education is the greatest equalizer in the 21st century and our Aviation Academy has strategically positioned itself to train the African youth in the latest aviation technology and latest aviation skills to own, manage and operate their own indigenous home grown African airlines to lead safe, economical and reliable aviation industry with global standards. This recognition is the result of the continuous heavy investment we are making on human resource development, a critical pillar of our Vision 2025 strategy”.

To the CEO, Ethiopian airlines has invested more than 100 million dollars to expand both the scope of the training and the in-take capacity of the academy. As at now, the academy admits over 1,500 students a year to train pilots, aircraft technicians, cabin crew, marketing and finance personnel, customer service agents as well as aviation leaders.

The aviation companies move to go foward are in its plan to increase its in-take capacity from 1,500 to 4,000 by 2025, in order to cater for the growing training need of aviation experts in the continent.
Ethiopian Aviation Academy EAA of recent was awarded ‘Airline Service Provider of the Year’ prize by the African Airlines Association AFRAA, recognising it for its excellence in service delivery, innovation and competitiveness in service providence to the African aviation industry.
The academy has been a full member of ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS as of May 20, 2015.

About Ethiopian

As expert view holds, Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operations, Ethiopian has become one of Africa’s leading carriers, unequalled in efficiency and operational success.

Statistically, Ethiopian holds the biggest share of the Pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to 92 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet comprises ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR,
Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. This has made Ethiopian the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

Ethiopian is currently in the implementation phase of its 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Adding to its recent award, Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline that has registered an average growth of 25 percent in the past seven years.

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