Aer Lingus launches search for pilots

Aer Lingus has launched its ‘Future Pilot Programme’ for aspiring pilots of tomorrow, who are being invited to apply for a place on the latest training programme by the closing date of May 13

IRISH flag carrier Aer Lingus has launched its ‘Future Pilot Programme’, a fully-sponsored and mentored training platform aimed at attracting the pilots of the future.

Ireland’s only four-star airline has a rich history of supporting first-time pilots, and over the last five years has trained and mentored more than 50 pilots, all of whom are working for the airline as commercial pilots, supporting its continuing expansion.

The successful candidates must excel during an intensive 14-month training programme, and the next batch of recruits will begin their aviation career as a first officer in 2020 on Aer Lingus’ brand new Airbus A320 and A321neo long-range aircraft.

Aer Lingus is making a concerted effort to attract more female applicants to its Future Pilot Programme. It has a strong track record in supporting female pilots, being the first airline in Europe to employ a female pilot in Gráinne Cronin. Currently it employs twice as many female pilots when compared with the international airline industry average.

Aer Lingus chief operating officer Mike Rutter said: “This is a unique opportunity for aspiring pilots. We are extremely proud of our rich heritage in training programmes specifically geared towards first-time pilots and we are one of few airlines globally who provide this degree of support. It’s an exciting time to join us as we remain committed to growing the network which creates attractive opportunities for our pilots.

“We are looking for candidates from diverse backgrounds; strong team players who demonstrate leadership skills who will ultimately join us in delivering the four-star guest experience that positions Aer Lingus as a leading value carrier worldwide.”

Aer Lingus has embarked on significant network expansion in recent years having added six new transatlantic routes to its long haul network in the last two years which include Hartford, Los Angeles, Newark, Miami, Philadelphia and Seattle which will begin on May18.

Applicants are invited to apply online at before the closing date of Sunday May 13.

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