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Ethiopia closes in on aviation hub for Africa

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Ethiopian Airlines Group and the Boeing airplane manufacturer have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on positioning Ethiopia as an aviation hub for Africa.

Building on the two parties’ 70 years of shared history in aviation, the MoU aims at positioning Ethiopia as Africa’s aviation hub – “Ethiopia for Africa”.

Boeing has recognised Ethiopian as a global aviation leader in the continent. The MoU is indicative of Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines’ interest to establish a mutually beneficial world-class aviation partnership.

To realise their shared vision, Ethiopia and Boeing have agreed to work in partnership in four areas of strategic collaboration namely: Industrial Development, Advanced Aviation Training, Educational Partnership and Leadership Development in a span of three years.

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To this effect, joint multidisciplinary teams have been established to implement the strategic partnership and important milestones have already been registered.

Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, expressed delight at the partnership.

“We have been working in collaboration with Boeing on different large-scale projects in aviation for more than 70 years to serve the continent of Africa and this partnership expands and builds our capability in multiple fields.

“I have firm conviction that with our dedication in its implementation, the MoU will successfully attain its goal of positioning Ethiopia as the continent’s aviation hub. We highly value the critical role of our American partner companies in accomplishing our goals and we will continue to work with key American aviation players like Boeing, GE, Pratt and Whitney and Collins Aerospace etc… in our journey towards excellence in aviation.”

Ethiopian and Boeing desire Ethiopian Aviation Academy to be recognised as a global standard for aviation training. Boeing is committed to developing Ethiopia’s manufacturing capability and aftermarket aviation service.

Through this MoU, Boeing and Ethiopian will partner to advance capabilities to compete globally. They seek to build a 21st century pipeline for aviation careers in Ethiopia. They will collaborate with highly qualified educational institutions and aviation industry partners to create specialised learning and development programs to meet workforce demands. Boeing and Ethiopian will also work together to develop current and future generations of leaders in Ethiopia for Africa.

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