AIR TANZANIA PILOTS AND ENGINEERS SET FOR TRAINING COURSES IN ADDIS ABABA
(Posted 16th April 2017)
Following the recent state visit by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to Tanzania are now news emerging from Dar es Salaam that Air Tanzania will use the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy for the training of their pilots and engineering staff.
Only recently was it learned from a usually reliable aviation source in Dar es Salaam that Air Tanzania was in talks with Bombardier to very likely trade in their single Q300 aircraft for a more modern Q400NextGen bird, which will bring the overall number of such aircraft, both operating and on order, to four.
Ethiopian Airlines is operating a fleet of at last 15 Bombardier Q400NextGen’s and has clearance from the manufacturer to train not just pilots and cabin crew on this aircraft type but also engineers.
It is understood that as many as 20 engineering staff and a dozen pilots may be dispatched to Addis Ababa during the course of the year to undergo not just mandatory refresher training but also to obtain type rating on the Q400NextGen aircraft.