ISTANBUL (Halbeeg News) – The Governments of Turkey, Pakistan, and Malaysia are helping the Federal Government of Somalia in reviving the national carrier, Somalia airlines, an official has confirmed to Halbeeg News.
Advisors from the Somali aviation ministry and ambassador of Somalia to Ankara, Jamaa Aydid met Turkish officials in Istanbul on Monday.
Turkish Airlines flights training center will embark on the training of the pilot and crew members in its Istanbul headquarters.
The training of the new white star service pilots and the crew will take from two years to six months respectively.
Licensed pilots who operated before the collapse of the airlines will undergo one-month a refresher course.
Pakistan and Malaysia will also help in other technical issues alongside Turkey during the preparation.
Three Boeing flights to kick off the operation of the long-awaited Somali airline’s flights are expected in the country in forthcoming months.
On the other hand, officials from Qatar Airways are scheduled in Mogadishu next week to assess the conditions of Aden Abdulle International Airport ahead of the historic launch of Doha-Mogadishu flights.
Unconfirmed reports also indicate the interest of Saudi Arabian and Egyptian airlines in Somali airspace.