Spanish airline Iberia announced today that it will recruit the first pilots since the start of the pandemic. In July, it will welcome twenty first officers who will also become the first pilots from the Iberia Cadetes program, which the company launched in 2019.
The increase in staff aims to respond to the increase in capacity scheduled for the summer season. Additionally, it plans to add twenty more pilots starting in October. All will come from the Flight Training Europe Academy in Jerez.
In these facilities, the airline carries out its training program for new pilots. Iberia Cadetes selects and trains candidates with the “best skills and attitudes”, even if they have little or no flight experience. In addition, it offers all the necessary modules and supports the financing for obtaining the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL).
Financial support is one of the strengths of the program. The high cost of training is one of the main obstacles for applicants. For this reason, some commercial airlines develop this type of programs, which usually cover part of the training. In return, students gradually repay the contribution once they enter the labor market.
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“The incorporation of new pilots at Iberia is very good news, the best sign that we are on the road to recovery,” said Rafael Jiménez-Hoyos, Iberia’s production director.
In a similar vein, the company also announced that it has reopened the call for anyone interested in enrolling in the program. Applicants may find out about the admission requirements and submit their application via the Portal Iberia Cadetes and Flight Training Europe until July 3.
“This new call is undoubtedly a recognition of the success of the Iberia Cadetes program and reinforces the relationship we have had with the airline since we started working together in 2017,” said Óscar Sordo, CEO of Flight Training Europe Jerez. .
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