Ethiopian Airlines has finalized the installation of a Boeing 777 flight simulator manufactured by CAE Inc.
This 777 flight simulator, which is located in the newly built flight operations building at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, is its fifth full flight simulator (FFS)—following the Boeing 767/757, Boeing 737NG, Bombardier Q400 and the Boeing 787 FFS, which became operational in March.
The Star Alliance carrier is also considering extending its training center to add an Airbus A350 simulator. “We have already started discussions with Airbus and CAE,” Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told ATW recently. Ethiopian has already prepared the facility to include the A350 XWB and Boeing 737MAX FFS.
“HRD (Human Resource Development) is one the four pillars of our Vision 2025, along with Fleet, Infrastructure and Systems; since well trained, adequately experienced and performance focused aviation professionals are the engines of our fast, profitable and sustainable growth agenda,” Gebremariam said in a statement.
Under Ethiopian’s Vision 2025 strategic plan, it is establishing itself as an aviation group with seven business units—international airline, regional airline, cargo, MRO, aviation academy, catering services and ground services. Collectively, by 2025, these units should be generating about $10 billion in revenue.