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British Airways is launching a Pilot Academy that will fund up to 60 places per year

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Today, British Airways announced the establishment of a brand-new pilot cadet program that would provide funding for up to 60 aspiring pilots’ training each year.

The economic barrier to training to become an airline pilot will be eliminated with the establishment of the British Airways Speedbird Pilot Academy, making the career considerably more accessible.

After clearing the course, successful candidates will be offered a career as a British Airways pilot, assisting the airline in ensuring it has the necessary levels of future flying talent for years to come.

For many, becoming a pilot is out of reach due to the high expense of initial training, which can reach tens of thousands of pounds. British Airways will now cover this expense as part of its multi-million-pound commitment in developing its future generation of pilots, making becoming a pilot a real career option for all aspirants.

The airline is determined to raise awareness, exposure, and applications to this new cadet program to persons from all backgrounds, not only those who can pay the initial training expenditures. The airline remains committed to further growing diversity in the aviation business.

Sean Doyle, British Airways Chairman, and CEO, said: “The Speedbird Pilot Academy will make the ambition of becoming a British Airways pilot a reality for people who’d previously written the option off because of the cost barrier.

“Our aim is to attract the very best talent out there for our future generation of pilots. Whether someone is just leaving school or embarking on a second career they never thought possible, we’re leveling the playing field by removing the initial training cost barrier to make a flying career more accessible to a wider range of people and giving everyone an equal chance.

“We fly to more than 200 destinations around the world on a range of aircraft types, providing pilots with an abundance of opportunities and making a career as a British Airways pilot extremely rewarding. This first-in-a-generation initiative will allow anyone to make it a reality.”

Hannah Vaughan, British Airways Senior First Officer, and former cadet said: “This is a great career for anyone. You’ll naturally need a love for flying and travel, but being a British Airways pilot offers so much more.

“From working with an incredibly dedicated team and meeting customers from around the world to benefitting from world-class training facilities – I would absolutely recommend it as a career path.”

Successful applicants will be given a spot at one of the approved flight training schools, with British Airways paying for all of their tuition.


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