Ethiopian Aviation Academy voted Airline Training Service Provider of the Year
Ethiopian Airlines has announced that the Ethiopian Aviation Academy has been voted the 2014 ”Airline Training Services Provider of the Year” by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).
The Award was presented to Ethiopian Aviation Academy managing director, Samuel Assefa, during a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Annual Aviation Suppliers and Stakeholders Convention held in Nairobi, Kenya between 4 and 6 May 2014. The Ethiopian Aviation Academy was recognized for its cost effective and extensive training support to other fellow African airlines.
Ethiopian Aviation Academy is the biggest aviation academy in Africa with an annual in-take of 1,000 students in key areas of aviation such as pilots, aircraft technicians, Cabin Crew, Customer Service experts as well as finance and Sales/marketing.
CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “We are very honored by this recognition from fellow African airlines and our Association for our continued efforts to provide world class aviation training to our beloved continent. Historically, one third of our Academy graduates have been from other African countries. In order to satisfy the growing need for aviation professionals in Africa, we have invested $80 million over the last three years to upgrade the in-take capacity of our Academy, which has now reached 1,000 trainees per year. Going forward, per our Vision 2025, we will continue to invest heavily in our Academy with the objective of increasing this in-take capacity to about 4,000 students per year by 2025. The aim is not only to support our needs and the successful implementation of our Vision 2025 fast, profitable and sustainable growth strategy but also to avail skilled aviation professionals for the entire African airline industry”.
Ethiopian Aviation Academy has recently been transformed into a profit centre of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, and provides training to pilots, aviation technicians, cabin crew as well as marketing and finance professionals. It is certified by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, the U.S Federal Aviation Administration, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and IOSA (IATA Safety Audit).