By Elias Meseret, DireTube Correspondent
(DireTube News. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) – Ethiopian Airlines has officially inaugurated its state- of- the- art Aviation Academy on Sunday inside its premises at Bole. The Academy, part of the national flag carrier’s vision 2025, has consumed more than 100 million dollars and is expected to increase its intake capacity to 4,000 students.
According to the Airline’s officials, the Aviation Academy has undergone a massive expansion and upgrade that will make it the largest and the finest Aviation Academy in Africa. The new complex has classroom buildings and a technical block which is housing the Pilot Training School and the Aviation Maintenance Training School; while the Commercial and Leadership block accommodates the Inflight Services Training School, Commercial and Ground Services School and Leadership School. It also has separate Administration building, workshops, auditorium, students’ dormitory and large cafeteria.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, said “Education is the greatest equalizer in today’s global village. 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.”
Currently, the Academy has the best aviation training technology, like full range of fleet cabin emergency, evacuation and door trainers fitted with standard swimming pool for cabin crew ditching exercises and more than 20 pilot training aircraft, the finest expertise, dedicated and experienced instructors and a perfect environment for students.
Ethiopian Airlines is currently the largest and most profitable airline in Africa. It is continuously expanding rapidly in the development of most departments.
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