British Airways starts campaign to hire 800 new pilots by 2016
Published: August 17, 2011
British Airways said it is launching its “biggest pilot recruitment drive in more than 10 years” with the aim of hiring 800 new flight deck crew members by 2016. For the first time, BA will sponsor its own recruitment/training program that appears to be somewhat in the mold of ab initio programs used by other airlines, including Lufthansa and Emirates. BA said its “future pilot program” will enable “400 applicants to gain a place at an approved flight training school, with successful candidates landing a job as a British Airways pilot.”
However, while BA will help student pilots with financing, it does not appear ready to cover the full training cost itself. “This program helps students to secure funding to train as a pilot which they can pay back later in their career,” it stated. Nevertheless, the airline said that “by removing the barrier of initial training costs and making it more accessible to a wider range of people, we hope to be able to attract the very best talent out there.”
BA additionally plans to recruit pilots from other airlines and will join with the UK military to establish a “career path into commercial aviation” for military pilots. It will also use YouTube as a recruitment tool.