ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines Group and the Boeing company have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on positioning Ethiopia as an aviation hub for Africa.
In a statement today, the airlines said the MoU aims at positioning Ethiopia as Africa’s aviation hub – “Ethiopia for Africa”.
The agreement is expected to pave a way for Ethiopian and Boeing to work in partnership in four areas of strategic collaboration.
The areas are Industrial Development, Advanced Aviation Training, Educational Partnership, and Leadership Development in a span of three years.
To this effect, Ethiopian says a joint multidisciplinary teams have been established to implement the strategic partnership – an important milestone in their seventy years old shared history in aviation.
Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said he was “very much thrilled” to sign this historic agreement.
“This partnership expands and builds our capability in multiple fields,” said Tewolde.
“I have firm conviction that with our dedication in its implementation, the MoU will successfully attaining its goal of positioning Ethiopia as the continent’s aviation hub,” he added.
The agreement will boost the Airlines plan to make its Aviation Academy recognized as a global standard for aviation training.
Boeing is also committed to developing Ethiopia’s manufacturing capability and aftermarket aviation service, according to the airlines.
Through the newly signed MoU, it says Boeing and Ethiopian will partner to advance capabilities to compete globally.
The two companies also seek to build a 21st century pipeline for aviation careers in Ethiopia, the Airlines says.