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Ethiopian joins trilateral partnership to launch Guinea Airlines, train aircraft technicians

In its drive to ensuring competence in the aviation sector, Ethiopian Airlines has signed a trilateral partnership agreement with ASKY and Guinea to launch Guinea Airlines come June 30th.

The partnership will also provide efficient training for aviation technocrats in management, operation, maintenance and training, the airline said in a statement on Friday.

Ethiopian Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said at the signing ceremony that the airline was earnestly pursuing its vision 2025 that aims to regain market share in travel business for African carriers, by maximizing the advantages of Single African Air Transport Market recently launched by the AU.

“As part of our Vision 2025 and with a view to enable African airlines to regain market share for travel to and from within the continent, we are establishing strategic partnerships with many African countries. This partnership is in line with the recently launched African Single Air Transport Market at the African Union Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa.”

“We are partnering with Guinea Airlines and other African countries because we have the capacity and the expertise to support our African brothers and sisters in the aviation sector. I appreciate the speed with which we reached an agreement with Guinea Airlines thanks to the support of H.E. President Alpha Condé,” he said.

According to him, the trilateral partnership with Guinea, ASKY Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines was aimed to fill the air connectivity vacuum in domestic Guinea market and between the Mano River countries. “The time has come for Africans to join hands as one and reclaim our rightful place in the global aviation industry,” he added.

On his part, the Guinea Airlines’ CEO, Cheick Dem, appreciated Ethiopian Airlines for the effort to realize the establishment of Guinea Airlines, vowing to honor the terms of the agreement and to ensure that the partnership will indeed be a model.  

Also speaking, the Guinean Minister for Transport, Oyé Guilavogui, who co-signed the agreement, expressed joy that with the avowed commitment from the three parties, the Guinea Airlines will surely kick off operation by the end of June with an inaugural flight to Conakry and neighbouring countries.

“I thank the entire delegation that accompanied me for the realization of this partnership. I am very happy with the Ethiopian side, which deployed a lot of efforts for the signing of this agreement. We hope that by the end of June, our aircraft will start flying to Conakry, neighboring countries as well as regional capitals.”

The minister also noted that there were some prerequisites to be fulfilled on the Guinean side so as to establish the airline not later than the end of June.

Demonstrating its commitment to training, Ethiopian, Africa’s toast of the moment said it has inducted 14 more aircraft technicians into the aviation sector, having completed their rigorous on-the-job training courses that spanned six months at the Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA).

The 14 certified technicians, who were from Tanzania and Cote D’Ivoire, performed excellently on Embraer’s Q-400 and Boeing’s B737 aircraft both in theory and practical, the airline confirmed.  

The Managing Director of EAA, Solomon Debebe, said the training academy was aware of the shortfall created by lack of competent aviation technocrats in Africa, and was determined to remedy the situation.

“As part of our pan-African Airline, the aviation academy needs to build skilled man power in the African continent. Today’s trainees are models for this objective. I also believe that the training they attended would be contributing positively towards their performances as they return back home,” he said. 

Written by: Tersoo Agber

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