Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy is proud to announce that it has been officially approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an approved part-147 type maintenance training organization. After rigorous and continuous assessment, the Technical Training Center in the Academy has been approved by the agency to be one of the few African training centers qualified to provide B737-600/700/800/900 (CFM 56) B1/B2, B767-200/300 (PW 4000) B1/B2 ,B757-200/300 (PW 2000) B1/B2 EASA approved type maintenance training. This is an important milestone in the journey to make the aviation Academy the center for excellence in the region. Mr. Samuel Assefa Vice President of the Ethiopian Aviation Academy said, “This success is the result of a team work by the staff and management of Ethiopian Airlines and I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all for the unreserved support to the Academy.” The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is an agency of the European Union (EU) which has been given regulatory and executive tasks in the field of civilian aviation safety. This includes the approval and authorization of organizations involved in the design, manufacture and maintenance of aeronautical products and services. Ethiopian Aviation Academy since its inception in 1960’s ensures a steady supply of qualified pilots, cabin crew, maintenance technicians, as well as marketing and finance professionals. In addition, the academy offers management and leadership trainings for different governmental and non-governmental organizations.Hundreds of overseas maintenance technicians and pilots from over 40 countries around the world have graduated from the Aviation Academy. The approval enables Ethiopian Aviation academy to provide world standard technical trainings there by plying a pivotal role in producing sufficient work force for itself and other carriers. About Ethiopian Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. Ethiopian will provide dependable services to 62 international destinations spanning four continents. Recently, Ethiopian received the 2011 "AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR" Award for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 and the 2009 "Airline of the Year" award from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). In August 2008, Ethiopian won "the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award" of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry. Ethiopian is also the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations witnessed through the introduction of new routes, new products, and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.