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Ethiopian Airlines spends big for capacity building
By Kirubel Tadesse
In an effort to equip itself to compete in increasingly aggressive aviation markets, Ethiopian Airlines is currently in the second year of a huge three year, 60 million dollars capacity building project.
Senior Ethiopian executives say the projects focal targets are to upgrade the airlines' capacity to maintain aircraft parts and to complete a new hangar construction that can accommodate two Boeing 747s.
The national carrier currently enjoys state of the art maintenance facilities that maintain not just its own aircraft, but also over 75 African and Middle Easter airlines. It maintains Boeing 767, 757, 727, and 737 and also Fokker 50 model airplanes and their components.
Approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and a number other international regulatory bodies, Ethiopian's maintenance facility covers 8,000 square metres and also provides modular and line maintenance services on PW2040 & PW4000 and CFM56-7B engines and full overhaul on JT8D, PW127 and PT6A engines.
Mesfin Tasew, vice president of Ethiopian Maintenance and Engineering explained the ongoing capacity building projects and the additional hangar that supports B-767s, should satisfy demands in the next six years.
"At the completion of the ongoing projects, we won't only upgrade our capacity immensely but will be able to maintain various parts of our aircraft by ourselves which we currently send abroad," Mesfin commented to Capital.
Mesfin also said preparations are underway for the arrival of the dreamliner, B-787s, which has been delayed repeatedly and expected to be realized in 15 months time with first delivery.
Hosting the 18th African Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) conference last week, just six months later from hosting similar conferences on African Aviation Finance, Ethiopian is encouraging cooperation amongst members of the African aviation industry.
Mesfin promised participants of the conference that Ethiopian MRO operations, which have a long term business plan of becoming independent from the airlines' other operations, would seriously consider partnerships and other forms of cooperation with other African MRO facilities when it realized its dream.
Nick Fadugba, chairman of the African Aviation conference said, potential cooperation between African MRO facility for example between Ethiopian and South African Airways would not only help to keep resource that would leave the continent otherwise, but will improve such services significantly for fellow African airlines.
The two day annual conference was concluded by Airbus dinner last Wednesday in the presence of over 200 representatives from the aviation industry.
Girma Wake, Ethiopian CEO, closed the conference at the Sheraton Addis.
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Every time i hear the success of The Ethiopian i want to put the idiot Siye Abrha to prison again and agian for the crime he inteded to do ie he wanted to merge The Ethiopian with the one palned eritrean arilines. Criminals like him did many unforgattable crimes in Ethiopia. A good deal of eplfs tugs used to work 100% for asmara regime than their own. What a shame.
I did not now siye abrah tried to do that. Its so Amazing how many shady things those ppl tried to do to Emama Ethiopia.
Where the hell did you hear that Siye tried to merge Ethiopian airlines with Eritrean? Besides, Eritrean airlines was born two years ago. At that time, Siye was in prison.
When you came from tigray barefoted hungry and looking like gohst your fantasy were to eat three times and do whatever eplf told you todo. That time your beloved Siye were the chairman of the board of the Ethiopian air lines. His giant step was to merg Ethiopian with the eritrean air lines. So instead of reapting the crimes of derg for 18 years start reading the atrosity done by your people. But learn one thing. Tplf is became much much better than Eplf thanks to the brave children of Ethiopia who said no to all atrosity which were done by tplf stunts knowinglly or due lack of education. So read firs. you arogant the graduate of dedebit university.
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