Lufthansa is using the interruption caused by the pandemic to modernise training at its in-house flight schools.
The principle of ab-initio training will remain in place, as it has been proven to be successful for decades.
However, in the future, a so-called ‘campus model’ framework will provide modern, digital forms of training along with new selection procedures.
These will enable more needs-based training for the various airlines of the Lufthansa Group and take into account the volatile demand in air traffic.
Campus training will be comparable to university study with defined qualification and training standards resulting in an internationally recognised degree.
After completing training, graduates will be recruited depending on the requirements of various airlines of the Lufthansa Group.
Part of the new training concept is to provide theoretical and practical training closer to the customer. In the future, the theoretical part will be concentrated at the traditional Bremen location, where the digital modules for theoretical pilot training will also be developed.
The practical part of the training, which is scheduled to take place in Germany, will be consolidated at Rostock-Laage.
Dr Detlef Kayser, COO Lufthansa Group, said, “During the greatest crisis in global aviation, we have to put everything at the Lufthansa Group to the test, including our long-standing training concept for our pilots.
“Over the past decades, this has enabled us to set the highest and globally recognised quality standards in the selection and training for our cockpit crews.
“While maintaining these quality standards, we now want to modernise this proven concept, make it more efficient and reliable, and enter a new age with digital modules.
“Simultaneously, we are offering our current flight students a helping hand as the new criteria will give them the chance to find a job as a pilot for our airlines at a later date.
“The development of the new campus model is a prime example of how we are modernising Lufthansa via our corporate programme ‘ReNew’, by streamlining and improving structures to make them more efficient.”