NAIROBI - African Airlines must adopt modern aircraft equipment and invest in training if the continents aviation industry is to develop to world class standards.
An aviation conference in Nairobi heard that the continent was not even half way its potential due to inherent challenges most of which could be addressed through training.
The concerns emerged at a conference of African airlines held in Nairobi by General Electric (GE) Aviation and CFM International pan-African aviation which was hosted by Kenya Airways.
The three Day Conference discussed new developments in aviation and engine technologies, and flight operations for airline operators in Africa.
GE Aviation Sales Director for Africa, John Azzi, said the company is actively supporting the growth of African Airlines and observed that the conference would help build local capacity by providing training on its latest technology.
“GE Aviation is committed to the development of the aviation industry by providing innovative solutions to face their challenges in this tough global economic environment,” he said.
Thirteen Airlines from across the continent participated in the conference. The airlines included Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles and Jetlink Express from East Africa.
The other airlines in attendance included Arik Air (Nigeria), TAAG Angola Airlines, South African Express, Libyan Airlines, LAM - Mozambique, Petro Air (Libya), SafAir/Aergo (South Africa) and TAP of Portugal.