Aviation Academy of the Ethiopian Airlines on Thursday graduated 26 pilots trained in Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) program, which is the first in Africa and among the very few in the world.The program is a response to the ever changing and technology driven aviation industry. The MPL training was kicked off in partnership with Flight Path International of Canada.
Ethiopian has also graduated 68 cabin crew professionals.
“Ethiopian investment in the Aviation Academy has always been the backbone of the success of Ethiopian Airlines creating the necessary skilled and qualified aviation personnel. Today’s graduation of the first 26 MPL cadets in the continent is part of the continued milestones of Ethiopian fueling the fast, profitable and sustainable growth of Vision 2025,” said CEO of Ethiopian Tewolde Gebremariam on the occasion.
The Academy is well on its way to become one of the seven profit centers of Ethiopian as outlined in its Vision 2025 to become the leading aviation training center in Africa.Historically, the Academy has opened a third of its capacity to trainees from other African countries contributing to the growth of the aviation industry in the continent.
The only female MPL program graduate Selam Tesfaye said graduates has to discharge their responsibilities to help realize the vision of Ethiopian and enable it keep up the lead in African aviation industry.The Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) established by the International Civil Aviation Organization allows a pilot to have the same privileges of a co-pilot in commercial air transportation on multi-crew airplanes.