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Ethiopian Takes Delivery of New Pilot Training Aircraft

Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of three new Cessna 172 Pilot training aircraft from Cessna Aircraft Company along with 12 Diamond training aircraft from the Austrian Diamond Aircraft Manufacturing Company.

The company says these aircraft are to enhance its pilot training capacity now, and in the future. It is taking “serious measures in developing and modernizing” its aviation academy with a long-term plan “to own a leading Pan-African aviation training center by 2025 that will accept and train multinational aviation professionals from all over the world,” according to Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group.

The pilot training school of Ethiopian Aviation Academy is approved by Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, European Aviation Safety Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration to give training for Commercial Pilot License (CPL), Private Pilot License (PPL) and Multi Pilot License (MPL).

Ethiopian Airlines is in the midst of an $80 million expansion project on its Aviation Academy, increasing its annual intake capacity over the last four years from 200 students to more than 1,000 trainees per year. With the airline’s “Vision 2025,” the academy plans to further increase its intake capacity up to over 4,000 by 2025, with almost two-thirds of the trainees coming from other companies.