Ethiopian to establish aviation academy in West Africa

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Ethiopian Airlines is planning to establish an aviation academy in West Africa.

Mesay Shiferaw, Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy managing director, told Origins Business that the airline is planning to establish the aviation academy in Lome, Togo in partnership with the West African airline, ASKY. Mesay said if the negotiation succeeds Ethiopian and ASKY will jointly establish the aviation academy in Togo.

The center will train pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians and flight attendants. Established in 2010 ASKY is one of the few successful startup airlines in Africa.

Ethiopian, which is the founding shareholder of ASKY Airline, manages the airline under a management contract and provides technical service to the West African private airline.

The Ethiopian Aviation academy which was established in the 1950s has an intake capacity of 4000 students per year. It has pilot training school, aircraft maintenance training school, cabin crew and catering training school, commercial and ground service training school and leadership training school. The Ethiopian Aviation Academy is certified by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and it has been recognized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education as an aviation university.

It has also been recognized by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).        

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