ቅንጣቢ ዘገባ Micro Blog by EthioBeats : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 4, 2014 -Ethiopian Aviation Academy is pleased to announce that it has graduated 21 pilots, 21 aviation technicians, 68 marketing professionals and 20 cabin crew at a ceremony held at Ethiopian Headquarters on 4 March 2014. At the graduation ceremony, Ethiopian Chief Operating Officer Ato Mesfin Tassew, gave out diplomas to all the graduates, and flight wings to graduating pilots and cabin crew. The graduates include one Swiss pilot trainee and 19 cabin crew trainees from six African countries, namely Togo, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Guinea. CEO Tewolde Gebremariam, said, “Ethiopian is more than an airline to Africa. It is also the premier Pan-African aviation academy with the highest international standards and dedicated to bridging the aviation skill gap on the continent. Today, Ethiopian has graduated trainees from six brotherly African countries, a testimony of its commitment to serve the growing training needs of the continent. Over the last 2 years, we have invested 55 million $ to expand the in-take capacity of our academy from just 200 trainees to over 1,000. Going forward, per our Vision 2025, we plan to scale up this capacity to over 4,000 trainees annually, so as to satisfy the growing training need in Africa“. Ethiopian Aviation Academy is certified by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, the U.S Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and IOSA (IATA Safety Audit). The Academy has been providing training for pilots, maintenance technicians, cabin crew, marketing and leadership for the airlines’ needs and for third party admissions for more than six decades. About Ethiopian Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivaled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 78 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft. Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.