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easyJet to source pilots from CTC Aviation

easyJet has chosen CTC as its preferred supplier of pilots for the next five years.

CTC Aviation and easyJet have worked closely together since the airline first began operations in 1995 and over the years, CTC has placed more than 850 cadet and experienced pilots with the low-fare carrier. In 2003, When CTC Aviation launched “CTC Wings” – its career development programme for aspiring airline pilots – easyJet was one of the launch partner airlines.

For this calendar year, CTC will be providing 190 new pilots through its FlexiCrew programme with a combination of newly qualified “CTC Wings” cadets and experienced Airbus type-rated first officers.

Captain Chris Clarke, chairman of CTC Aviation Group, commented, “This is such positive news at a time of economic uncertainly in the UK and Europe. Our industry has experienced really tough times over the past two years preventing many airlines from making any long term contractual commitments in such a fragile economic climate. The majority of European airlines have been scaling back their operations and/or stopped any growth leading to few opportunities for pilots. easyJet is one of the few airlines growing and our renewed partnership secures ongoing pilot commitments in line with their planned growth for next five years. We are delighted to be able to secure these opportunities to enable our CTC Wings pilots to build on their experience.

“CTC FlexiCrew is a career solution that enables both airlines and pilots to keep flying now and into the future; both CTC and easyJet are committed to supporting the career development paths of tomorrow’s airline pilots and this new agreement with easyJet provides a really excellent opportunity for our graduating CTC Wings Cadets to progress into the profession with one of the worlds most successful airlines.”

easyJet’s head of flight operations, Captain Chris Hope added, “Over recent years, CTC has supported easyJet’s sustained period of growth by delivering type rating training for over 2,000 of our pilots. Our relationship with CTC is strong and founded on our belief that the company provides the highest quality training for both new and experienced pilots. We will continue to work closely together into the future to ensure that we choose, train and nurture the best pilots in order to maintain our reputation as an employer of choice and the airline of choice for our customers.”

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