The Ethiopian Aviation Academy graduated 20 Pilots and 72 Cabin Crew at a ceremony held at the Ethiopian Headquarters on Tuesday, 25 December 2012. At the graduation ceremony, Ato Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian, gave out diplomas and flight wings to the graduates. "In line with its 15 years strategic roadmap Vision 2025, the Ethiopian Aviation Academy is undertaking massive facility expansion projects, which will enable it to be the most competitive and leading aviation training center in Africa. The academy is in the process of enhancing and diversifying is training services, and increasing its admission capacity to cater not just for the needs of the Ethiopian Aviation group but to meet the demand from Africa and elsewhere. By 2025, close to half of its trainees will come from third party admissions," said CEO Tewolde. By the end of 2025, the academy will increase its admission capacity by fourfold from the current intake capacity of 1,000 trainees per year. About Ethiopian Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its maiden international flight to Cairo in 1946 and now the Airline provides dependable services to 70 international destinations spanning four continents. Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience. The Star Alliance network offers more than 21,555 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries. Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new routes and products. Recently, Ethiopian won gold in the African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards organized by the African Aviation News Portal. Ethiopian also received the 2011 AFRAA award for being consistently profitable over the years and has won the "AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2011 Award" for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian also won the 2012 "African Airline of the Year Award" from Air Transport Quarterly Magazine. With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern fleet, the airline is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation of its Vision 2025 strategic plan to become the leading aviation group in Africa.