CEO of Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), Mr Ladislaus Matindi, made the disclosure yesterday at a meeting with officials from Ethiopian Airlines based in Tanzania.
“This is part of enhancing capacity for our employees to operate the newly acquired aircrafts and others which are lined for delivery,” Mr Matindi explained.
According to the CEO, it is cheaper by US $500 dollars to train a pilot in Ethiopia as compared to trainings in United Kingdom and Canada.
The deal now awaits approval from the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA), the regulator has to certify and approve training institutes for pilots.
“Ethiopia Airlines has well equipped training and maintenance facilities and we can benefit from their expertise. The training will be for new pilots and those in service through recurrent teaching,” he remarked.
Mr Matindi on the other hand said the airline will continue sending few pilots to Canada to receive training on operation of the new Bombardier aircraft set for delivery mid this year.
At the occasion, Ethiopia Airlines’ Area Manager for Tanzania, Mr Dahlak Teferi, said the deal will provide a win-win situation between the two airlines.
He pointed further that it is not the first time that the two companies are co-operating to improve the capacity of their workforce and operations.
The co-operation was heighted during discussions between President John Magufuli and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Mr Hailemariam Desalegn, during the latter’s visit in Tanzania.
Dr Magufuli said then that the Ethiopian leader agreed during their meeting to strengthen cooperation between ATCL and Ethiopian Airlines.