Aer Lingus relaunches its pilot training program and promotes diversity

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Aer Lingus announced the reopening of its campaign recruitment pilots for the next five years. The airline offers 90 pilots budding a unique opportunity to achieve their ambitions and become a pilot of tomorrow for the airline.

This is the first time since 2019 that the Irish company has organized its program of intensive training of pilots. It will recruit 18 candidates this year. Aer Lingus will begin accepting online applications until August 16, 2023. In order to combat pilot shortages as the carrier expands on new routes, Aer Lingus intends to sponsor entirely the pilots wishing to join its program.

The Aer Lingus Future Pilot program “opens up a world of opportunity for the next generation of pilots who will join our airline,” said Aer Lingus chief executive Lynne Embleton. “Aer Lingus’ transatlantic expansion and Dublin hub growth strategy means that new Aer Lingus-trained pilots have the opportunity to join our team of captains and co-pilots who currently fly to over 80 European destinations and to 14 North American destinations on our long-haul network. Our continued focus on using Ireland’s unique geographic position to connect Europe to North America and vice versa presents extremely exciting careers for those with a passion for piloting. »

Recruit more female pilots

Lynne Embleton adds that “At Aer Lingus, we have a rich history of pilot training and our new Future Pilot program continues in this wonderful tradition, for which we are well known and respected.” “We encourage all interested to consider our future fully-funded pilot program and we particularly encourage women to apply as we continue our efforts to close the gender gap in aviation. »

From January 2024, successful candidates will undergo a 14-month pilot training course combining theory and practical studies, in collaboration with the Spanish flight school FTE Jerez. After a 14-month study period in Jerez, students will return to the Aer Lingus Training Academy in Dublin to complete their training; they will be supervised and supported throughout the project by Aer Lingus liaison pilots. Once qualified, they will receive a commercial multi-crew pilot license, leading them to become copilot and finally captain for short and long-haul routes.

Newly qualified pilots will operate some of the most advanced aircraft in sustainability. Aer Lingus continues to invest in the modernization of its fleet which includes the Airbus A320neooperating short-haul routes, as well as theA321neo LR which operates the airline’s North American routes. The A321neo LR represents more than a third of Aer Lingus’ current long-haul fleet and from 2024/2025 the fleet will be further strengthened with the planned delivery of six Airbus A321XLR. Designed to travel even farther than the A321neo LR, the addition of this aircraft to the fleet will open up new opportunities to expand Aer Lingus’ transatlantic network, offering new routes and promising a dynamic and fast-paced career for teams. airline flight operations.

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