Over 260 aviation professionals have received training and graduated from the Ethiopian Aviation Academy, the training division of Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group over the weekend in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia.
As 34 of the graduates are Cameroonian, Rwandese, Equatorial Guinea, Togolese and Congolese nationals, the Ethiopian Aviation Academy officials affirmed the airline’s Pan African stance and key role in the development of the aviation sector in Africa.
The graduates, 50 pilots, 66 aviation maintenance technicians, 120 cabin crew, and 26 equipment and facility maintenance technicians, completed their education and training in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
Giving out diplomas to the graduates Saturday, Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, said human resource development is one among the four pillars of the airline’s Vision 2025 Strategic Growth Plan, a 15-year strategic plan that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa.
“The Academy has been training and graduating the required aviation professionals both for the Ethiopian Airlines group and other partners in the region,” he said.
“It has the capacity to support our vision 2025 growth plan with adequate professionals and to contribute towards the development of aviation in Africa,” he said.
The academy, which currently trains 2,000 professionals a year, plans to raise the number of trainees to 4,000 by 2025.
The Ethiopian government in July this year had announced a plan to establish a new Aviation Holding Group with various diversified aviation strategic business units.
The structure of the new Group will incorporate Ethiopian Airports Enterprises, Passenger Airline, Cargo Airline and Logistics Company, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services, Ethiopian MRO Services, Ethiopian Hotel and Tourism Services