RWANDAIR TRAINEE PILOTS GRADUATE FROM FLIGHT SCHOOL IN ETHIOPIA
Nine Rwandan trainee pilots have graduated from Africa’s leading aviation training centre, the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy. The pilots graduated alongside 14 pilots, 53 aviation technicians, 38 marketing agents and 38 cabin crew at a ceremony held at the Ethiopian Airlines headquarters in January.
The Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy is a full ICAO TRAINAR Plus member and International Air Transport Association authorised global training centre. The nine Rwandan graduates, including three females, are set to join the RwandAir team.
During the ceremony, Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said, “Ethiopian Airlines believes in the potential of African aviation and is strategically positioning itself to train African youth in the latest aviation technology and latest aviation skills to own, manage and operate their own indigenous home grown African airlines to lead a safe, secure, economical and reliable aviation industry with global standards. Today, we have amongst us nine pilots from Rwanda standing together with their Ethiopian brothers and sisters in the graduation ceremony.”
As the aviation sector develops across the continent, RwandAir continues to encourage young Rwandans to be part of their country’s aviation sector by gaining skills and experience.
“I am proud of all the graduates, and especially the Rwandan trainee pilots. This is yet another milestone for RwandAir and even more so for aviation in Rwanda. These graduates are part and parcel of a long-term plan to meet our strategic goals as well as contribute to the development of our national carrier,” said John Mirenge, RwandAir CEO.
These nine trainee pilots from Rwanda include:
• Richard Mutunzi
• Deus Kiiza
• Julien Mukiza
• Richard Gahungu
• Anaise Kangeyo
• Rosine Nsabimana
• Emmanuel Mugabo
• Francis Kalimba
• Nina Kabayiza