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58 AVIATION | Aerosud some very special unique characteristics that one would not normally associate with an airline.”
For Ethiopian Airlines the agreement is
a step towards establishing a growing manufacturing capability in-country and Steyn indicates the airline could have some leverage on the industrial content entering the country on the back of future purchases.
The  agship carrier will also be able to tap in to Aerosud’s longstanding relationship with a number of global OEMs and the South African  rm will act as a partner for the new entry. Aerosud’s involvement would
come in the shape of training and setting up any business processes unique to the manufacturing world outside of commercial aviation.
“There is a clear commitment from both sides, it may mean work moving between companies or directly to OEMs, the options are unlimited as far as that is concerned,” outlines Steyn.
The timing is convenient as the agreed perspective is that the African airline industry will require more than 1,000 new aircrafts, while at the same time the global airline industry will require over 30,000 aircrafts,

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