"We have reached an agreement and our pilots and aircraft engineers will start training between November and December, this year, to receive training on operations of the new Bombardier aircraft after they arrive," he explained.
Expounding further, he said the aim of the training is to increase the number of qualified pilots and aircraft engineers who will serve with the national carrier. According to him, the MoU will help its employees to get capacity building training at affordable costs.
He, however, urged the Ethiopian Aviation Academy to provide training to young pilots who are qualified to fly small aircrafts so that they can be able to pilot aircrafts with two engines.
Speaking at the same occasion, Ethiopia Aviation Academy Managing Director, Solomon Debebe, said the deal will provide a win-win situation between the two airlines. He pointed further that for a long time the two companies have been co-operating to improve the capacity of their workforce and operations.
The co-operation was heightened during discussions between President John Magufuli and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Mr Hailemariam Desalegn during his visit to Tanzania in March, this year.