Ethiopian and Boeing have agreed to work in partnership in four areas, namely: industrial development, advanced aviation training, educational partnership, and leadership development.
Ethiopian Airlines Group and Boeing have signed a strategic memorandum of understanding (MoU) on positioning Ethiopia as an aviation hub for Africa. Building on the two parties’ seventy years of shared history in aviation, the MoU aims at positioning Ethiopia as Africa’s aviation hub – “Ethiopia for Africa”.
Boeing has recognized Ethiopian as a global aviation leader in the continent. The MoU is indicative of Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines’ interest to establish a mutually beneficial world-class aviation partnership. To realize their shared vision, Ethiopian and Boeing have agreed to work in partnership in four areas of strategic collaboration namely: industrial development, advanced aviation training, educational partnership, and leadership development in a span of three years.
To this effect, joint multidisciplinary teams have been established to implement the strategic partnership and important milestones have already been registered.
Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said, “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. 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, etc. in our journey towards excellence in aviation.”
Ethiopian and Boeing desire Ethiopian Aviation Academy to be recognized as a global standard for aviation training. Boeing is committed to developing Ethiopia’s manufacturing capability and aftermarket aviation service. Through this MoU, Boeing and Ethiopian will partner to advance capabilities to compete globally. They seek to build a 21st-century pipeline for aviation careers in Ethiopia. They will collaborate with highly qualified educational institutions and aviation industry partners to create specialized learning and development programmes to meet workforce demands.