The construction of the Ethiopian Aviation Academy will be hi-tech, expansive and lucrative, and will have amassed a capital base of $50m upon completion.
The academy, which operates under the national carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, will concentrate on scaling the current training capacity of 1000 personnel-which has been hitherto a bare 200 p.a.-to a higher margin, and thus placate the current rise in applicants against meager facilities.
The structural premise will be to see the Aviation Academy transition into arguably the most prestigious such facility in the continent, by incorporating more computerized systems, modern planes for training, and simulating equipment, to make the facility gain a competitive edge in a region where Kenya Airways dominates.
Ethiopian Aviation Academy
The Ethiopian Aviation Academy came to the fore in 1956 with the aim to establish a local ground for training staff to operate in the larger aviation industry, but now the department has spiraled exponentially to extend skill delivery to more than Ethiopians.
In a world where airlines are persistently combing other international carriers for staff, EAA has set the momentum by succoring its own airline, and the continental, with pilots and cabin crew, besides maintaining a self-catering record that has made it one of the best in the continent.
There are now half-a-dozen independent divisions within the training college, each specializing in a major echelon of the aviation industry, ranging from cabin crew, marketing, pilot, maintenance, technical recurrent, and leadership training programs.
EAA has established a reasonable training par, which is a reflection of the bureaucratic concern for high quality service delivery, in the name of Training Quality & Curriculum Development. Incepted in 1990, the department has been upholding quality parameters worthy of an international airline.
Ethiopian Airlines: Member of Star Alliance
Ethiopian Airlines on the other hand is one of the trailblazing success stories of African skies, especially after it joined the Star Alliance team in recent years. This has allowed the flagship airline to benefit its passengers with professional packages that the umbrella body allocates its customers in all the 27 worldwide airlines. These include the ability to redeem miles which is highly beneficial to frequent passengers.
Ethiopian Airlines was the first in Africa to obtain the Dreamliner jet in 2012, a move that has seen other regional airlines seek to seal their existing deals for the delivery of the large aircraft model.