On 7 October, Ethiopian Aviation Academy held a graduation ceremony for 262 aviation professionals at its Commercial and Cabin Crew Training centre.

The academy graduated 50 pilots, 66 aviation maintenance technicians, 120 cabin crew and 26 Equipment and Facility Maintenance technicians (10 majoring in Industrial Mechanics and 16 in Industrial Electricity).

The graduates included a total of 34 Cameroonian, Rwandese, Equatorial Guinean, Togolese, and Congolese nationals, which the Academy says is testament to its pan-African stance and key role in the development of African aviation.

Currently, the academy (which is accredited by IATA and is an ICAO TRAINAIR Plus member), trains 2000 aviation professionals per annum and envisages enhancing its intake capacity to 4,000 by 2025.

Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “Education is the greatest Equalizer in our world today and Human Resource Development (HRD) is one of the Four Pillars of our Vision 2025 Strategic Growth Plan. In line with this belief we have invested adequately in capacity building in the Ethiopian Aviation Academy, which is the largest and most modern in the continent of Africa.

“The Academy has been training and graduating the required Aviation Professionals both for Ethiopian Airlines Group and other partner airlines around the region,” GebreMariam continued. “It has the capacity to support our vision 2025 growth plan with adequate aviation professionals and to contribute its share towards the development of Aviation in Africa. While I congratulate today’s graduates for their success, I also wish them the best of success when they join our winning Team of strong work force.”