Ethiopian Airlines acquires first B-787 Dreamliner flight simulator

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Ethiopian Airlines has made history in Africa, becoming the first airliner in the continent to buy a B-787 Dreamliner full flight simulator.
The installation and build-up of the full flight simulator is in progress at Ethiopian main hub in Addis Ababa and the first pilot training in the B-787 flight simulator will start in March.
The Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airline Group, Mr Tewolde Gebremariam, confirmed this on Monday in a statement in Abuja.
“Ethiopian is the first airline in the world outside Japan to receive and operate the B-787 Dreamliner in August, 2012. Currently, the airline is the largest operator of the B-787 in Africa with the installation of its flight simulator. It is also the first in Africa to give full flight simulator training for pilots on the B-787 aircraft.
“We are continually investing in developing our training capability. With installation of the B-787 Flight Simulator, we will be fully self-sufficient in providing in-house training for our pilots,’’ he said.
Gebremariam revealed that the airline had invested about $80 million in expanding the scope and scale of the academy.
He said that investment in the academy would also help to increase the annual in-take capacity from its current 1,000 trainees to about 4,000 by 2025.

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