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Ethiopian Airlines, the co-host of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) symposium, underlined the need to have a strong and ambitious long term strategy to grow in the airline industry.

The 2017 ICAO Global Aviation Training and Trainer Plus was held in Addis Ababa this week from the 11th to 13th of April. The symposium was attended by close to 500 participants comprising high level officials from ICAO, aviation training institutions, aircraft and parts manufacturers, airlines, civil aviation and airport authorities as well as other aviation officials.

The symposium focused on identifying latest trends, techniques and tools currently available in aviation training worldwide and exchanging best practices.

“As part of our Vision 2025, we set a vision in 2010 to generate around USD 10 billion annual turnover, which at that time was almost unthinkable. But with the right planning and with the right execution, today we have surpassed all the plans we have set,” said, Tewelde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, said during the opening of the symposium.

Tewelde underlined that long term planning is very crucial to succeeding in the airline industry and becoming competitive. “In the last seven years Ethiopian Airlines Group has witnessed very fast growth. The main success factor has been long term planning. The main driving factor of the vision was to become the leading aviation group in Africa and we have achieved it almost ten years in advance,” he stated.

Ethiopian Airlines Group currently has seven divisions; the International airline that includes a domestic and regional airline, cargo service, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul which provides maintenance and engineering services that also serves sister airlines such as Air Rwanda, Asky Airlines, Aviation Academy that can enroll 4,000 in training at a time, an In-flight Catering Center, which produces 100,000 meals daily, and Ethiopian Ground Services.

Ethiopian Airlines also inaugurated three wide body hangers during the ICAO Symposium. The facility is equipped with the State of the Art tele-platforms and tail docks. It has a full Paint and General Maintenance hangar along with 15,000 Square metres backside offices, different shops and 105,000sq.m hangar apron area, each facility is capable of accommodating 1-B747-800 at a time or more other type of aircraft in different arrangements.

The third hangar is also capable of accommodating 1-B777-200 or 3-B737 Aircraft at a time.

Ethiopian Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) is accredited by FAA, EASA, and ECAA and is currently offering dependable services; Base Maintenance, Line Maintenance, Engine Maintenance, Component Maintenance, Calibration Services, Engineering Services, Structure & Composite Maintenance, Aircraft Stripping & Painting, and Wire Harness Manufacturing.

Furthermore, Ethiopian MRO is Boeing and Bombardier approved facility and proved its performance excellence by securing Bombardier’s Airline Reliability Performance Award for 5 years in a row. The facility is also an approved maintenance facility by General Electric for overhaul maintenance of CFM56-3 and -7B engines.