Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – National Airways, one of the flourishing private airlines in Ethiopia, has boosted its current fleet size with two more new Beech 1900D aircraft acquired from the United States.
Captain Abera Lemi, founder and CEO of the airways, has received the two 19-seater turboprop aircraft at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Tuesday, June 3. During the receiving ceremony held at the airport, Captain Abera told The Reporter that his airline acquired three Beech 1900D aircraft with a lease purchase option. Two of the aircraft have already arrived and the third one is expected to reach at Addis Ababa within the coming few weeks.
The CEO explained that the twin engine Beech aircraft has pressurized cabin which enables it to climb an altitude up to 25,000 feet making it suitable for the Ethiopian topography. The aircraft is said to be having a cruising speed of 270 Nautical Miles (500km per hour). Abera further stated that the arrival of these aircraft will take the airways’ operation one step forward as it will enhance the airline’s capacity of providing safe, dependable and quality flight services to the growing corporate charter market; mainly for VIP flight services.
National Airways is one of the pioneer private air operators in Ethiopia which commenced air transport service in 2008. Established with an Ethiopian young entrepreneur, Abera Lemi (Captain), who has served Ethiopian Airlines previously, the airways has been providing local/regional flights, and Air Ambulance services with the motto ‘A Spirit of a Rising Nation’ ever since its establishment seven years ago.
National airways was providing a charter flight services to various organization deploying a Fokker 50 and two Swiss made Pilatus aircraft which is being phased out.
‘’Effective July 2014 National Airways has brought on board the prominent Ethiopian business tycoon, Dawit Gebregziabher, as partner and renewed its commitment of serving the Ethiopian aviation industry.’’ Abera said.
Abera praised the continuous efforts made by the Ethiopian government towards creating conducive investment and business climate in the country’s aviation sector from which his airline is currently is benefiting. However, he believes that the sector should be liberalized for the sake of a sustainable and continual development of country’s aviation and tourism industry.
In 2012, National Airways has expanded its engagement in the country’s aviation sector and established the first private aviation college in Ethiopia -National Aviation College. The college trains aviation professionals with various disciplines: cabin crew, airline customer service, airport operation, airline ticketing and reservation. The college claimed to be accredited by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), hospitality institute in the UK called ICM and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which awarded the college as Africa’s best performing Aviation College of the year 2015. Apart from the existing courses, National Aviation College has finalized its preparation to start Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering and Piloting courses combined with a Bachelor Degree in aviation science.
National Airways will soon hold a press conference to unveil the new partnership it forged with Dawit Gebregziabher and the recently developed ambitious five-year strategic plan of the airline.’
Source: The Reporter