Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tewolde Gebre-Mariam said Ethiopian has attached prime attention to its human capital development to maintain the leading role in the aviation industry.
The CEO told journalists that Ethiopian is striving to address the shortage of skilled human power for its own and other airliners.
He said as the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi charted out Ethiopian vision, it has been enhancing its human capital over the past two years. The training capacity of the aviation academy was limited to 200 a year and now has reached 1,000, he said and added, efforts are underway to increase the number. He said expansion is underway in the aviation academy and things are moving towards realizing the 2025 strategic vision of the Ethiopian.
Despite soaring fuel price and economic crises in Europe, Ethiopian has received 14 new aircrafts as per its orders and continue to be competent in 2012, he said. The CEO said thanks to the coordination of the management staff and colleagues, Ethiopian is to conclude the 2012 with success. Ethiopian Aviation Academy Vice President Samuel Assefa on his part said Ethiopian is making the training facilities up-to-date to realize its vision to be the best academy in Africa. He said expansion construction works are underway to enhance the training facility of the academy.