easyJet seeks 450 more pilots

easyJet is to recruit more than 450 new pilots, with positions available ranging from Cadet pilots starting their career to experienced co-pilots from other airlines and Direct Entry Captains.

As well as adding new members to the easyJet pilot pool, opportunities will also be available for more than 140 of the airline’s current First Officers to be promoted to Captains. Of the 450 positions, 400 will be Cadet pilots and experienced co-pilots and 50 Direct Entry Captains.

For new cadets undertaking their training with CTC Aviation, CAE or FTE Jerez, many will have the opportunity to apply for all or part of their training loan (between £30,000 to £100,000) underwritten by the airline and some experienced pilots joining from other airlines can also apply for the opportunity to have their type rating loan underwritten.

Earlier this year easyJet also announced the launch of the Amy Johnson Flying Initiative to help encourage more women to train for a career as a commercial airline pilot. Currently women make up 6% of easyJet’s new pilot intake, in line with the industry as a whole. The airline plans to double this to 12% over the next two years and will offer to underwrite the full training loan of six female new entrant pilots.

“We’re really pleased to have opened recruitment for more than 450 new easyJet pilot positions,” remarked Captain Brian Tyrrell, easyJet’s head of flight operations. “At easyJet, we pride ourselves on having a team of the highest talent and we offer our pilots a clear career path with the opportunity to develop from First Officer to Captain quicker than at other airlines.

“This is an exciting time to join easyJet as we continue to grow and develop to maintain our position as Europe’s leading airline and I look forward to welcoming the successful applicants in the near future,” added Tyrrell.

With easyJet’s continued planned growth the time taken from First Officer to Captain is likely to be quicker than at other airlines. Once they have completed at least 12 months, pilots then join easyJet as permanent employees at Second Officer rank. After flying for a further two years with easyJet pilots will then become a Senior First Officer. From that stage the aim is to achieve their command and become Captains. Beyond this there are further opportunities for pilots to develop their career whether that is into a training or management role.

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