EA targets Asia

ADDIS ABABA: Africa’s flourishing Ethiopian Airlines (EA) is clear — the future lies with China and it plans to hit home that point by putting Chinese crew members on all flights to China as of next month. The Addis Ababa-based company already has flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Now the airline is training Chinese crews for its China-bound flights, because ‘90 per cent of passengers flying to China don’t speak English’. Some 30 young Chinese recruits are completing their training at the Ethiopian Airlines aviation academy. China has invested heavily in major construction projects in Africa.