Ethiopian Hires 9 Pilots - 31 October, 2011

The Pilot Training School of Ethiopian Airlines has graduated 9 trainee pilots who have completed the commercial pilots’ course with Instrument and Multi Crew Ratings on October 27, 2011.

The graduates have taken the two years pilot training Courses that includes 695:00 hours of classroom instruction and 200:00 hours of practical flight training on single and Multi – engine aircraft. Safety standards and ICAO level 4 English proficiency requirements were also part of their training. Mr. Kasim Geresu, the Chief Finance Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, handed over diplomas and flight wings to the graduates and achievement awards to top performing ones at a graduation ceremony held at the airline’s headquarters.

The Ethiopian Aviation Academy offers qualified training for Pilots, Aviation, Technicians, Cabin Crew, Marketing and Sales personnel for itself and other carriers mainly from Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Kasim Geresu while awarding top performing Pilot The pilot training school of Ethiopian Airlines has so far graduated 955 pilots since its inception in 1964. Among the total graduates 630 are Ethiopian and 325 are foreign nationals.

The school has currently bought two DA42 twine engine training aircrafts in addition to the ten DA40NGs bought from Australian Diamond Aircraft Company to enhance its services. Mr. Kassim Geresu, Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Samuel Assefa, VP Ethiopian Aviation Academy and a course coordinators with graduates pausing for a picture. The Ethiopian Aviation Academy currently offers training packages for qualified and private individuals who wish to study in the various fileds offered by the academy. For more information about the Ethiopian Academy, please visit the airlines official website, , or contact the Pilot Training School at .

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the addition of new flight services to Seychelles the coming winter, Ethiopian will provide dependable services to 64 international destinations spanning four continents. Recently, Ethiopian received the 2011 "AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR" Award for its excellence in air cargo.

Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 and the 2009 "Airline of the Year" award from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). In August 2008, Ethiopian won "the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award" of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry. Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.