Ethiopia to train Tanzanian pilots and engineers

AIR Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ethiopian Aviation Academy, aimed at helping Tanzanian pilots and engineers undergo capacity building training in Ethiopia.

We have reached an agreement and our pilots and aircraft engineers will start training between November and December, this year. The training will be on operations of the new Bombardier aircraft after they arrive, ATCL Managing Director, Mr Ladislaus Matindi said yesterday during the during the signing ceremony.

He said 12 pilots and seven aircraft engineers will operate on the new Bombadier Q400 and Dreamliner 787 expected in the country soon.

Expounding further, he said the aim of the training is to increase the number of qualified pilots and aircraft engineers who will serve with the national carrier. According to him, the MoU will help its employees to get capacity building training at affordable costs.

Ethiopia Airlines has well equipped training and maintenance facilities and we can benefit from their expertise. The training will be for new pilots and those in service, he noted.

Speaking at the same occasion, Ethiopia Aviation Academy Managing Director, Solomon Debebe, said the deal will provide a win-win situation between the two airlines. He pointed further that for a long time the two companies have been co-operating to improve the capacity of their workforce and operations.

The co-operation was heightened during discussions between President John Magufuli and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn during his visit to Tanzania in March, this year.

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