British Airways helps train the pilots of the future and makes a very expensive profession more accessible to those who love aviation and want to embrace it. Being an airline pilot is probably one of those professions every kid wants when they’re growing up. Unfortunately, the reality is that becoming a commercial pilot is very expensive and for most, the dream becomes a nightmare, and they simply give up.
British Airways pilot cadet program
In July, British Airways announced in a press release that will help make the pilot profession more accessible for all. The airline is investing millions of pounds in its British Airways Speedbird Pilot Academy. According to the article, the programme will fund training for up to 60 new pilots per year.
The article says the program is suitable for candidates between 18 and 55 years of age. Those who are successful will be offered a place in an approved training school so they can complete their full pilot training. Once they complete the course successfully the airline will offer them a position as one of their pilots. British Airways also said that it will keep its focus on diversity in aviation and affirmed this program will be accepting candidates from all backgrounds.
A win-win for all
With this program, British Airways will ensure it has highly trained pilots for its operations. The airline is currently one of the most popular airlines in Europe and the world. It flies to more than 200 destinations around the world using a wide range of aircraft. All these aircraft need specialised pilots highly trained to do their job.
On the other hand, we have people who love this industry and dream of becoming a pilot. This program can be their opportunity to fulfil their dream and have the career they’ve always wanted.
For the airline, it might be an investment to secure its future, but it is also an investment in the future of these lucky candidates and the future of aviation itself. So, I guess it is a win-win for all!