Wizz Air announces five-year cadet pilot programme


Wizz Air, the low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has announced a new five-year partnership agreement with two Flight Training organisations for the provision of cadet pilots to the airline.

Courses will start from September 2015 and will initially involve up to 40 cadets per year. The courses will be delivered under EASA regulations and include training for an Integrated ATPL combined with an Airbus A320 type rating.

Following a competitive tendering and evaluation process Wizz Air selected CTC Aviation and the Central European Flight Academy to conduct this training. Graduates will learn and develop skills that are relevant and focused towards the operational needs of Wizz Air to support the significant growth of the airline with high quality co-pilots trained full-time as airline pilots. Graduates will join the airline directly as co-pilots flying Airbus A320 aircraft on the WIZZ network. Co-pilots have an excellent career opportunity to progress to the rank of Captain, after gaining the necessary years of experience in the airline.

Wizz Air will provide a job guarantee (subject to achieving proficiency) upon successful completion of training, thus assisting the trainees to access the required funding for the programme. This airline wants this guarantee to function as a sign of the airline’s commitment to find the highest quality cadet pilots in the market. Details of course financing and the application process will be released in the coming months.

David Morgan, Head of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot at Wizz Air, said, “Our people are at the heart of Wizz Air and we’re delighted to offer this opportunity to a whole new generation of airline pilots. They’ll become part of the Wizz Air family and will enjoy an amazing opportunity to be employed directly as a co-pilot on our fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft with a career potential to become a Captain and beyond into management.

“It’s an exciting chapter in our history and we are looking forward to finding our talented flight crew for the future.”