Arik Air has proposed to establish an aviation academy to train its workforce and the personnel of other airlines.
The chairman of the airline, Johnson Arumemi-Ikhide, disclosed this in Lagos when the vice president of General Electric, John Rice and the company’s general manager in Nigeria, Francesco Mastronardi undertook a facility tour of the airline’s facilities.
He explained that the academy would not train core aviation professionals, the types produced by the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.
“It is not going to be a parallel organisation to compete with NCAT. We want to have an aviation academy in Nigeria. We are not going to start flying aircraft and training pilots. In the academy, we are going to have graduate trainees, train them in route planning, route analysis, accounting, marketing and receiving calls,” he stated.
Arumemi-Ikhide stated that aviation was a highly-skilled business and “we are trying to grow the skill to ensure that our commercial department is strengthened.”
Sheding some light on the visit of General Electric, he said the company is a partner and supplier of engines and spare parts used by the airline.
“They are here to look at our growth and see how they can work with us to improve our efficiency so that Nigeria could be the hub of aviation in the West African sub-region,” he stated.
In his remark, Mastronardi described the airline as having a “very broad business module and it is a full service and high quality airline.”