ETHIOPIAN Airlines has become the first A350 XWB Simulator operator in Africa and among the few in the world.
This machine is fitted with a full electrical motion system which delivers improved performance while providing energy savings and environmental benefits.
According to the Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr Tewolde GebreMariam: “The introduction of the A350 XWB Full-Flight Simulator is a continuation of our pioneering role in African aviation technology.”
“It is part of our Vision 2025 strategic road map to be fully self-sufficient in the provision of pilot training in all the aircraft type we operate. It complements the other full-flight simulators we are already operating such as the B787, B-777, B737, B757, B767 and Q400,” he said.
The company has invested over US$125 million in the last seven years to expand and upgrade all the facets of our training capabilities.
These investments are meant to bridge the aviation skill gap in Africa and to avail well-trained and qualified aviation professionals on the continent.
“Education is the biggest equaliser of our time and our aim is to make Africa self-sufficient in aviation professionals,” he said.
The Pilot Training School of the airline has trained pilots from over 52 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe for close to 50 years. With its over six decades of existence, the training division of the airline, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, ICAO designated centre of excellence, is a world-class aviation training centre equipped with state-of-the-art and best in class training equipment and technology offering full range of aviation training programmes.
“Taking delivery of Africa’s first Airbus A350 XWB in 2016, Ethiopian currently operates 7 A350 XWBs with 17 on order,” he said. Allafrica/GB