347 graduates join aviation sector after completing their courses


(Posted 11th June 2016)

One of Ethiopian Airlines’ ventures, their aviation academy at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, added its own excitement to the 70th anniversary of the airline when 347 students from various courses graduated, now able to join the aviation industry in Africa.

Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy (EAA), the largest and one of the most technologically advanced Aviation Learning Institutions in Africa which is recognized as ICAO Center of Excellence with full membership of ICAO TRAINAIR Plus and IATA authorized global training center on this occasion graduated 25 Pilots, 35 aviation maintenance technicians, 43 cabin crew and 244 commercial and ground service professionals at a colorful ceremony held at Ethiopian Aviation Academy on June 09th.

This includes a number of Rwandese nationals, which testifies Ethiopian Airlines key role in African Integration and self-sufficiency, as RwandAir is in the final stage of a major expansion of destinations and fleet.

During the ceremony, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam congratulated the graduates and gave out diplomas to all the graduates, flight wings to graduating pilots and cabin crew and achievement award to outstanding academic performers.

He told them: ‘Our sharp focus in Human Resource Development and adequate and timely investment in our Aviation Academy’s internal Capacity Building are the strong foundation for the remarkable success in our vision 2025 strategic road map of fast, profitable and sustainable growth. Adequate number and quality of qualified aviation professionals are the prerequisite for a successful and vibrant African Aviation industry and Ethiopian Aviation Academy is working hard to progressively realize this objective‘.

Ethiopian Aviation Academy is certified by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, the U.S Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and IATA Safety Audit (IOSA).

Many African airlines in fact do send their pilots for the mandatory flight simulator training to Addis Ababa where the facilities exist to undergo such sessions in state of the art equipment, providing African airlines with cost effective ways to meet regulatory requirements.