Aviation: ASCII Airlines wants to make Lome a pilot training and maintenance center

# Other countries : Based on its strategic partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, Togo-based Pan-African company ASCII Airlines wants to launch an aviation academy. Purpose: To meet a strong demand for professionals in the African air transport sector. And he is not alone.

There is a shortage of professionals in the African aviation sector, especially due to the weakness of the offer of training in the aviation profession. As a result, African airlines spend billions of dollars to maintain their fleet and train their staff in developed countries. By way of example, in 2021, Nigerian airlines spent $ 2.5 billion on maintenance of their aircraft outside the country due to lack of aeronautical MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) capacity to meet the country’s needs.

And it is the entire continent that lacks training centers in the aviation trade to meet the current and future needs of the sector. And to address this shortfall, the airline ASCII Airlines wants to open an aviation academy in Lome, Togo’s capital, to train pilots, technicians and cabin crew members for its fleet and mainland companies.

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In this regard, ASCII wants to rely on its partner Ethiopian Airlines, which holds 40% of its capital and has the necessary skills. The first African airline, the Ethiopian flag, has an important aviation academy. The Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy, built in the 1950s, has a capacity of 4,000 seats per year. Approved by ICAO, IATA and EASA, this world-class aviation training center is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and provides a full range of aviation training.

ASCII is relying on this aviation academy to become a true aviation hub in the West African sub-region, where it is the leader today. The airline connects Togo’s capital with 24 other African capitals.

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At the continental level, especially after building an extensive network in West, Central and South Africa, Asky now wants to diversify its offer to capture parts of aviation and aviation maintenance training services.

But it is not the only organization in West Africa with such ambitions. Ghana announced the upcoming launch of aircraft maintenance and repair training last April. Aerojet Aviation Training Academy is expected to be the main aircraft maintenance and repair training school in Ghana and West Africa.

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Senegal Air wants to turn Blaise Diagone de Dias International Airport (AIBD) into a real airport by launching 15 flagship projects, including an aviation maintenance center, as well as providing services to Senegal and West African companies. International Academy of Aviation Professionals which will train student pilots and technicians.

According to the development estimates of Africa’s aviation sector, there is room for everyone. Indeed, according to estimates by American manufacturer Boeing, the African continent will need 1,030 new aircraft over the period 2020-2040 to meet the growing demand of the continental air sector. And to support this growth in the African fleet, airlines on the continent will need 63,000 professionals, including 19,000 pilots, 20,000 technicians and 24,000 cabin crew members.

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