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Ethiopian Aviation Academy Dream Grows Ever Bigger! 

By Isidore Abah

‘If you believe you can fly, you will fly,’ goes the saying.
In 1957, the Ethiopian Aviation Academy, EAA, dreamt big that it could train aviation professionals to fly.

With just a handful of trainees in the 50s and 60s, today Ethiopian Aviation Academy has given thousands of aviation experts the professional wings to fly.
So far, the EAA has trained over 11,000 aviation professionals.

The EAA now is not just Ethiopia’s centre for aviation technology excellence, it is a hub for Africa’s airlines training needs.
It is unmistakable that the EAA is living its dream. It is burning desire is inspiring it to create wonders! Ethiopian Airlines, which is like the brainchild of EAA is Africa’s fastest growing airlines, virtually ruling the skies of the black continent and beyond.

The generosity of Ethiopian Airlines extends clear of its motherland’s borders.
Recently, 40 Cameroonian females joined Ethiopian Airlines as cabin crew staff; something never ever seen in an airline company serving Cameroon.

The EAA will train these Cameroonian ladies. Then again, as if to affirm that ‘what a man does well, a woman does best’, Ethiopian Airlines recently took to the sky with an-all-female flight crew.
Surely, a rare show of Ethiopian Airlines’ prowess in the aviation sector.

EAA and Ethiopian Airlines are indeed dreaming big. The dream of the duo seems to grow by the day. In their dream to see the Ethiopian Aviation Group Vision 2025 fully grown, the EAA is effectively training the needed manpower to propel the project farther into the distant future.
A giant in aviation training, the EAA can boast of over 2000 graduates from over 40 countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Currently, trainees from Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Tanzania, Namibia, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria and many other countries are receiving aviation skills at the EAA. Add 100 million US dollars to this equation and you have cabin crews, training infrastructure and facilities, commercial and leadership skills, full flight simulators and all the others nuts and bolts that go in to make an enviable aviation business.

With little time wasted, on February 7, 2016, the Prime Minister of the Lion of Africa, Hailemariam Desalegn, inaugurated the new infrastructure in the presence of Ethiopian Executive Management team, H.E. Ato Abadulla Gemeda, Board Chairman of Ethiopian Airlines, Ministers and former FDRE President, H.E. Ato Girma Weldegiorgis, among others.

So, by 2025, the EAA expects annual admissions to rise to 3,865 with about 2715 (70 percent) of these coming from third-party customers – a whopping 300-percent increase in admission. The number of trainees under recurrent training is projected to shoot to 18,443 from the current 6,554. A total of 3,136 trainees will attend leadership and IT trainings by the year 2025, while 2,315 staff will attend CAA and airport trainings. These increased and diversified trainings would rake in for the EAA annual revenue and operating profit of 111.6 million US dollars and 31.9 million US dollars, respectively.

Meanwhile, the average instructor productivity will rise from the current 0.12 million to 0.30 million US dollars, a 150-percent increase.
As EAA prepares to soar to 2025 in full colours, Ethiopian Airlines on February 13, 2016, honoured its long-serving employees – those who have served 25, 30, 35 and 40 years.

The employees were honoured in the presence of the Board Chairman of Ethiopian Airlines, Ato Abadula Gemedaet, and other officials.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO, M. Tewolde Gebremariam, was honoured for his thirty-year service and remarkable achievements at the helm of the Africa’s biggest airlines.

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