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The flight schools of the Lufthansa Group in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States are combining their activities under the European Flight Academy (EFA) umbrella.

EFA says it will offer standardised pilot training at competitive prices. Training is carried out at the existing flight schools Lufthansa Flight Training Pilot School (VFS) Bremen, Airline Training Center Arizona (ATCA), Pilot Training Network (PTN), and Swiss Aviation Training (SAT).

For the time being, new training courses in Germany will only begin at PTN, which will also take over training for a portion of the pilots of the Lufthansa Group.

“With growing airline fleets, the global demand for well-trained crews also increases,” says Rainer Hiltebrand, designated CEO of Lufthansa Aviation Training.

Pilot Training Network becomes ‘preferred supplier’ of Transavia

Dutch airline Transavia will rely more heavily on new pilots from the Pilot Training Network (PTN) for the operation of its airplanes. The two companies have now agreed on terms for a corresponding partnership agreement.

Following the positive audit in summer of 2016, PTN was selected as a preferred supplier for the new Transavia hub airport in Munich, where the airline operates a fleet of Boeing 737s. The first selection processes took place in December 2016 and the contracts of future Transavia pilots have now been signed. Type ratings are slated to begin on February 28, 2017.

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