March 7, 2014
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The Ethiopian government said it has spent $55 million to expand the capacity of its aviation academy from 200 trainees to over a 1,000 within the last two years with a plan to hit a 4,000 annual training capacity by 2025.Speaking at the graduation ceremony on Thursday, the Chief Executive Office of the Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam said the country was a prime symbol of Africa’s excellence in air transport.
Gebremariam said the company was poised to expand and build capacity through its academy, which is a leading Pan African aviation academy on the continent.
According to him, the graduation of trainees from six sisterly African countries is a manifestation of Ethiopian’s dedication to serving Africa in leading the skills revolution and in providing quality training with the objective of deploying adequate professionals for the continent’s air transport.
Some 130 trainees from including one Swiss pilot trainee and 19 cabin crew trainees from other African countries, Togo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Guinea.
The academy graduated 21 pilots, 21 aviation technicians, 68 marketing professionals and 20 cabin crew.
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