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British Airways Launches Initiative to Hire 800 Pilots Over Next 4 Years
British Airways’ Future Pilot Programme
British Airways (BA) recently launched what they’re calling the largest pilot recruitment drive in over a decade. Due to the airline’s addition of several Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A380s, the major airline plans to hire 800 new pilots over the next four years.
The recruitment drive includes three separate paths: military pilot recruitment; recruitment of current pilots willing to transfer to BA; and new student pilots looking to start their airline career with BA. This third path for driving new pilot hires is what BA is calling the “Future Pilot Programme.”
British Airways’ Plan to Fight the Pilot Shortage
Because the cost of pilot training is what holds most people back from pursuing a career in aviation, British Airways plans to sponsor the cost of flight training for 400 selected candidates. Upon successful completion of their flight training, these graduates will be guaranteed a job as a pilot for British Airways. Captain Robin Glover, director of pilot recruitment at British Airways, stated that “by removing the barrier of initial training costs and making it more accessible to a wider range of people, we hope to be able to attract the very best talent out there.”
Aerosim’s Solution to the Pilot Shortage
Aerosim Flight Academy has seen the need for more European pilots coming. That’s why the Academy recently partnered with Belgian Flight School. Once approved by the Belgian Aviation Authority, this new partnership will provide Integrated Airline Transport Pilot (ATPL) training at the Academy’s U.S. campus in Sanford, FL. European students will now be able to complete their flight training in the U.S. while working toward their actual JAA license. Students will no longer need to convert their FAA license to JAA once they return home.
About Aerosim Flight Academy
Aerosim Flight Academy is a top-tier flight school that was originally created by the airlines (Delta/Comair). Because its training structure was developed by the airlines, the instruction is rooted in the discipline required to turn students into successful airline pilots. For more information about Aerosim Flight Academy, e-mail our admissions department or call +1 (407) 430-4100.