Ethiopian Airlines group and Boeing have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will make Ethiopia the aviation hub of Africa, according to media reports. As stipulated by the latest agreement, both the partners will work together on industrial development, aviation training, educational partnership, and leadership development over the course of three years.
Ethiopian Airlines also mentioned that the teams have already been decided and both the partners have already set important milestones to take this partnership forward.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told the media, “I am very much thrilled not only to sign this historic MoU with our long-standing aviation partner, Boeing, but also to the implementation of milestones. We have been working in collaboration with Boeing on different large-scale projects in aviation for more than 70 years to serve the continent of Africa and this partnership expands and builds our capability in multiple fields. I have a firm conviction that with our dedication to its implementation, the MoU will successfully attain its goal of positioning Ethiopia as the continent’s aviation hub.”
“We highly value the critical role of our American partner companies in accomplishing our goals and we will continue to work with key American aviation players like Boeing, GE, Pratt and Whitney, and Collins Aerospace in our journey towards excellence in aviation.”
The partnership also plans on making Ethiopian Aviation Academy as a global standard for aviation training where they will build the pipeline for aviation careers in the country. As mentioned in the MoU, Boeing has promised to develop Ethiopia’s manufacturing capability and aftermarket aviation service.