Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of two DA42 pilot training aircrafts on Thursday 29 September 2011 from Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH of Austria for an order placed in May, 2011.
The new Diamond DA42 twin star is a four seat, twine engine, propeller driven airplane was certified in Europe in 2004 and in the United Sates in 2005. Ethiopian has also bought and received ten Diamond DA40NG Training Aircrafts from the same company earlier this year.
The welcoming event held at Ethiopian Airlines head quarters, was graced by CEO of Diamond Aircraft Manufacturing Company Mr. Christian Dries. He said, “We are proud to deliver our ultra modern training aircraft to our trusted customer, Ethiopian Airlines and our partnership will further extend in every technical aspects.”
The new training aircrafts will replace the piper 34s which served Ethiopian for over two decades. This investment will enable Ethiopian maintain the on-going training to a higher level.
The Pilot Training School of Ethiopian Airlines has recently started a Multi Crew Pilot License Training Program (MPL) which enables pilots to fly a multi-crew, multi-engine and technologically advanced aircraft.
The Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy provides qualified training programs for Pilots, Aviation Maintenance Technicians, Cabin Crew and Marketing and Finance personnel since its inception in 1956.
Ethiopian Airlines, the most profitable airline in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the addition of new flight services to Milan, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 63 international destinations spanning four continents.
Recently, Ethiopian received the 2011 “AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR” Award for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 and the 2009 “Airline of the Year” award from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). In August 2008, Ethiopian won “the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award” of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry. Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.