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Ethiopian Airlines Celebrates Graduation of Nearly 800 Aviation Professionals From Nine Countries

Ethiopian Airlines celebrated the graduation of nearly 800 aviation professionals at Ethiopian Aviation University in Addis Ababa on Saturday (June 15th).  Graduates represent nine countries across Africa and Asia.

Ethiopian Airlines celebrated the graduation of nearly 800 aviation professionals at Ethiopian Aviation University in Addis Ababa on Saturday, June 15, 2024 – Courtesy Ethiopian Airlines

On Saturday (June 15, 2024) Ethiopian Airlines celebrated the graduation of nearly 800 aviation professionals representing nine countries.  The ceremony took place at Ethiopian Aviation University in Addis Ababa, Africa’s largest aviation center of excellence, and was attended by ambassadors and officials from African countries, Ethiopian Airlines Group executives, and family and friends of the graduates.  Those being honored included trainees in Ethiopian Aviation University’s Pilot, Aviation Maintenance, Cabin Crew, and Commercial Training programs.

Speaking at Saturday’s graduation ceremony, Ethiopian Airlines Group’s CEO, Mr. Mesfin Tasew, said,

“We are delighted to witness the fruits of our effort in realizing a self-sufficient Africa, in terms of aviation professionals supporting the industry within the continent.  We believe in the potential of Africa’s youths to shape the continent’s aviation and continue to educate them at our center of excellence.  Training globally competitive professionals, today, we graduate 308 aviation maintenance, 142 pilots, 297 cabin crew, 25 electro-mechanical professionals, and 15 ticket agents.  I urge Africans to invest in training their youth for the future of aviation at Ethiopian Aviation University.”

Established in 1956, Ethiopian Aviation Academy recently upgraded to a university level, and offers various aviation courses to local and international students.  Currently, the university offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in aerospace and hospitality, including BSc in Aeronautical Engineering, Aviation Maintenance Engineering, Aviation Management & Operations, BA in Tourism & Hospitality Management, MSc in Data Science, and MBA in Aviation Management. 

Ethiopian Aviation University also continues to offer diploma and certificate programs for aircraft maintenance technician, pilot training, cabin crew, commercial training, leadership, career development, catering training, ICAO courses, and online courses.  In addition to their Addis Ababa facility, Ethiopian offers aviation training in various regional cities, including Hawassa, Dire-Dawa, Bahir-Dar, and Mekelle.

Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing airline in Africa.  The carrier commands the largest share of Pan-African passenger and cargo service and operates one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the world.  In addition to their main hub in Addis Ababa, the carrier is also pursuing a multi-hub strategy through a hub in Lomé, Togo with ASKY, in Lilongwe, Malawi with Malawi Airlines, and in Lusaka, Zambia with Zambia Airways.  Ethiopian serves over 150 destinations across five continents with a fleet of ultra-modern fuel efficient aircraft including Airbus A350-900s, Boeing 787-8/9 Dreamliners, Boeing 777-300ERs, Boeing 777-200LRs, Boeing 777-200 Freighters and De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s.  The airline’s fleet has an average age of seven years and Ethiopian was the first African carrier to operate all of the previously mentioned aircraft types. 


Source: Ethiopian Airlines


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