Avion Express and Lithuania-based BAA Training have launched an Airbus A320 type rating course.
Type-rated pilots will be selected using crieria set by Avion Express and trained by BAA Training. After the successful completion of the type rating training programme, pilots will be provided with an opportunity to work for Avion Express.
The two companies also have a Cadet Training Programme for people with little to no flying experience. After passing a multistage selection process and successfully completing the ATPL course, pilots will secure a flying job at Avion Express.
Avion Express is the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world and growing. In Q3 2018 the airline flew over 21,600 block hours, increasing the year-on-year result by more than 67%.
ACMI? Aircraft. Crew. Maintenance. Insurance. It’s an aircraft leasing arrangement between two airlines whereby one airline provides an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) to another airline which then pays for the hours operated.
Avion Express CEO Darius Kajokas said, “Due to its growth, the aviation industry continues to face challenges with sourcing and recruitment of pilots. Professional and responsible pilots are in very high demand these days, so by introducing type rating training programme we are going an extra mile to make sure that we fill all the slots in the cockpits of our growing fleet.”
During 2018 Avion Express continued its long-term partnership with Thomas Cook and daughter company Condor. Avion Express also started providing its services to SunExpress, which is a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.