Ethiopian starts first A350 XWB training in Africa
Ethiopian Airlines announced on February 23, 2018, that it has become an Airbus A350 XWB full-flight training simulator operator. The simulator is the first of this kind in Africa.
The A350 XWB Simulator is fitted with a full electrical motion system which delivers improved performance while providing energy savings and environmental benefits. “The introduction of the A350 XWB Full-Flight Simulator is a continuation of our pioneering role in African aviation Technology,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines in a statement.
The airline states it has already invested over $125 million in the last seven years to expand and upgrade its training capabilities. It aims to “bridge the aviation skill gap in Africa”, making the continent “self-sufficient in aviation professionals”.
“It is part of our Vision 2025 strategic roadmap 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,” added GebreMariam.
The A350 XWB simulator will be used by the training division of the airline - Ethiopian Aviation Academy, which is an ICAO designated training center that offers full range of Aviation Training Programs. The airline first launched its pilot training school “close to” 50 years ago, and since then has trained pilots from over 52 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Ethiopian took delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB in 2016 and currently operates seven aircraft of this model, with additional 17 currently being on order.
Boeing CEOs timeline: will Calhoun bring change?
With David Calhoun taking the helm of the company, will Boeing get out of the 737 MAX crisis with its reputation intact...
Welcome to the family, A330: Airbus most successful wide-body
On this exact day, 26 years ago, the first-ever commercial Airbus A330 flight departed from Paris to Marseille. We look...
Bombardier to review A220 program stake after financial bump
After difficulties in other divisions and financial results that are below expectations, Bombardier indicates that it is...
Airbus makes 1st fully automatic vision-based take-off [Video]
Airbus performed the first fully automatic vision-based take-off using an Airbus Family test aircraft on January 16, 202...
2020: revolutionary year for the $700B worth global aviation
2019 brought a challenging period for aviation industry. Boeing MAX grounding, “flight shame” movement, airline bankrupt...