Former South African President Mbeki Tours Ethiopian Facilities
Addis Ababa, 21 February 2014 (WIC) - Ethiopia Airlines received a courtesy visit from former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, a loyal and esteemed customer of the airline, on February 19, 2014 at its headquarters in Addis Ababa.
President Thabo Mbeki visited Ethiopian Aviation Academy, which is certified by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority as well as the United States Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency, and provides pilot, technician, cabin crew, marketing, finance and leadership training not just for Ethiopian but for the continent.
According to a statement Ethiopian Airlines sent to WIC, Ethiopian Aviation Academy is the premier African aviation training institution availing international standard aviation training to the continent.
Per its Vision 2025 strategic roadmap, Ethiopian invested 55 million US $ in last 3 years alone on the Academy, which has now an annual intake capacity of 1,000 students.
The former President also toured the maintenance facility of the airline, which provides aircraft maintenance support to numerous airlines across the continent and beyond on the Boeing family and Bombardier aircraft.
The former President praised the work being done by Ethiopian, an African institution that is contributing its part in bringing the continent together and serving as a vehicle for its renaissance.
“We are highly honored to welcome H.E. President Mbeki, a very good customer of Ethiopian, at our headquarters in Addis Ababa.
We share his great Pan-Africanist vision, and are doing our part in the realization of the African Union’s vision of a peaceful, integrated and prosperous Africa”, said CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.
Ethiopian is a global Pan-African carrier serving 79 international destinations across 5 continents with over 200 daily flights and using the latest technology aircraft such as the B777s and B787s.
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