In what BA is calling their largest pilot recruitment drive in over a decade, today they announced plans to hire 800 new pilots by 2016 due to the addition of a large quantity of Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A380's to their fleet. The drive will be compromised of three seperate recruitment programs.
The first is a path for military pilots. Military pilots can advance through their service with the end goal of working for the commercial aviation industry. Upon completion of their required service, they would then have the chance to work at British Airways.
The second recruitment program is for current airline pilots to move from their current employement over to British Airways.
Finally, the third, and probably most important to prospective pilots that are just looking to get into the aviation world is their training program. British Airways has stated that they know that one of the biggest detractors that is keeping people from pursuing a career as an airline pilot is the price tag that can be well in excess of $100,000. As a result, British Airways will SEND aspiring pilots through training.
British Airways 'Future Pilot Programme' will place 400 selectees at an approved flight training school and succesful candidates will have a job as a British Airways pilot. The director of pilot recruitment at British Airways, Captain Robin Glover, stated that 'the Future Pilot Programme is a fantastic opportunity for anyone, from any background to realise their ambition of becoming a pilot and flying for British Airways. 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. It is a really exciting time to join British Airways as we are giving our customers even more choice by adding new destinations to our network and introducing new aircraft to our fleet. No other airline in the UK offers the opportunities that British Airways does for developing a career as a pilot.'
Successful trainees will attend one of three world-class flight training colleges in the UK and Spain, with the initial training fees covered by sponsor company, Airline Placement Limited (APL), with British Airways acting as guarantor.