Ethiopian sign purchase agreement with Austrian Diamond Aircraft Industries
August 07 2010
Addis Ababa, August 6, 2010 (Addis Ababa) - Ethiopian Airlines signed a purchase agreement with Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH of Austria for ten pilot training aircrafts and one simulator. The aircrafts are equipped by new Austro Engine AE300 power plant.
In a press statement Ethiopian sent to ENA on Friday that Ethiopian CEO, Girma Wake and Diamond Aircraft Industries’ CEO, Christian Dries signed the agreement amounting to 3.7 million Euros on July 29, 2010.
At signing ceremony, Girma said the decision to purchase the equipment was based on the national carrier mission and core values to provide the highest training standards by investing on world class training equipments.
He added the recent order will enable Ethiopian to maintain on-going training to the highest international level for cadet flight crews.
As per the agreement, the aircraft will be delivered in eight months time from the date of the agreement and the first four aircrafts are scheduled to be delivered in November 2010.
Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academic has become a powerful source of the African aviation training, it said.
Ethiopian Airlines, is one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, provides dependable services to 39 cities in Africa and a total of 59 international destinations spanning through out four continents.