CAE launches cadet pilot training with European airline Volotea

CAE has launched its Madrid-based Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) pilot training programme in partnership with European low-cost carrier Volotea.

Under the terms of the agreement, CAE will select, assess and train up to 50 new professional pilots over the next five years for the airline. CAE is currently recruiting cadets and aspiring pilots can apply now at

Starting in autumn 2017, the first group of Volotea’s cadets will begin the EASA theoretical knowledge at CAE’s training centre in Madrid, followed by flight training in Phoenix, AZ, USA and Oxford, UK. Then they will return to Madrid to complete Airbus A320 type-rating training.

Upon successful completion of their training programme, graduates will be employed by Volotea.

“The demand for professional pilots in the European continent is on the rise and we are proud to support the creation of Volotea’s future captains, building on our training partnership,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions.

CAE has been Volotea’s training partner of choice since the beginning of the airline’s operations in 2012. Since then, CAE has been providing Volotea with pilot and cabin crew training, including Airbus A319 type-rating and CAE instructor-led recurrent pilot training. In addition, more than 40 graduates from CAE’s training academies in Amsterdam, Brussels and Oxford have been selected and recruited by the airline over the past three years.

Since its creation in April 2012, Volotea has carried more than twelve million passengers across Europe and expects to transport 4.3 million in 2017. In 2017 Volotea operates 243 routes among 79 medium and small-sized cities in 16 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Israel, Albania, Moldavia, Portugal, Malta, UK, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. Volotea operates its network with 28 aircraft this year. Its fleet includes Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s.