Ethiopian Aviation Academy Recognized as IATA Authorized Training Center - 07 August, 2014

Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that Ethiopian Aviation Academy, the largest aviation academy in Africa, has joined IATA’s global training partner network as an IATA Authorized Training Center.

The Academy attained the recognition following the evaluation of its successful application to become an IATA Authorized Training Center by the IATA Training and Development Institute and the IATA Regional Office. This authorization allows Ethiopian Aviation Academy to deliver additional training programs: IATA International Travel & Tourism Training Program and Foundation in Travel & Tourism.

CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, said, "The Academy is the foundation of our success by enabling us to be self-sufficient in critical aviation areas and by supporting our Vision 2025 fast, profitable and sustainable growth strategy. This recognition is the result of the continuous heavy investment we are making on human resource development, a critical pillar of our Vision 2025 strategy. In the last 4 years alone, we have invested more than 80 million dollars to expand both the scope of the training and the in-take capacity of the Academy. Today, our Academy receives over 1,000 students per year to train pilots, aircraft technicians, cabin crew, marketing and finance personnel, customer service agents as well as aviation leaders. Going forward, we plan to increase this in-take capacity to 4,000 by 2025, so as to cater for the growing training need in the continent."

The African Airlines Association has recently voted Ethiopian Aviation Academy as "Airline Training Services Provider of the Year". The Academy is certified by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, the U.S Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Agency, and IOSA (IATA Safety Audit).

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 82 international destinations across five continents.

Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.

Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.