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Aer Lingus hires new cadet pilots

Today (January 27) Aer Lingus welcomed its 20 new cadet pilots, 17 males and 3 females from all over Ireland and the UK.

With over a decade since Aer Lingus launched a similar recruitment drive, the airline reported an overwhelming response to the recent scheme, with over 2,000 applications for the Aer Lingus Cadet Pilot Training programme.

The cadets will undergo a 14-month training programme with FTEJerez, the flight training provider of cadet pilots, based in Jerez, Spain. The training programme includes five months of ground school followed by basic flying on single- and later, multi-engine aircraft.

The course will continue in early summer 2013, when the Cadets will return to Aer Lingus and complete an airline transition course, simulator and safety training, as well as further training. Upon the successful completion of the course, the cadets will receive their wings and begin flying the airline’s fleet of Airbus 320 aircraft.

Aer Lingus CEO, Christoph Mueller said, “Aer Lingus is delighted to be the starting point on the career paths of these new recruits. This is an exciting opportunity for these cadet pilots as they embark on their training to become the next generation of Aer Lingus pilots and future Captains.”