Biggest Pilot Recruitment Drive For More Than A Decade

British Airways has launched its biggest pilot recruitment drive in more than 10 years.

 

The airline plans to take on more than 800 new pilots by 2016, using three combined recruitment programmes:

 

  • A new programme to help people to train to become airline pilots for the first time, called the ‘Future Pilot Programme’.
  • Recruitment of qualified pilots from other airlines
  • A joint initiative with the UK Armed Forces to provide military pilots with a planned career path into commercial aviation.

 

 

 

The British Airways Future Pilot Programme will help about 400 applicants to gain a place at an approved flight training school, with successful candidates landing a job as a British Airways pilot.

 

Previously people have been prevented or deterred from starting a career as an airline pilot, due to the initial private training costs of around £100,000, which they have had to find themselves. This programme helps students to secure funding to train as a pilot which they can pay back later in their career.

 

The airline is also using YouTube as a recruitment tool for the first time. Anyone interested in becoming British Airways’ next generation of pilots can learn more about the programme and hear useful advice from current pilots from the clip on the company’s dedicated YouTube site.

 

Captain Robin Glover, head of pilot recruitment at British Airways, said: “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.

 

The Future Pilot Programme is part of a wider pilot recruitment plan at British Airways. The airline is also taking on current commercial pilots and working with the UK Armed Forces to give military pilots a new career in commercial aviation, once their agreed service period has ended.

BA wont strike .. but talks continue over Virgin walkout

Traveling with BA this summer? You can breath a sign of relief as the two year long cabin crew dispute looks to be over.

However those travelling with Virgin have more to worry about. Virgin Atlantic pilots have so far refused to back down from the walkout and could ruin tens of thousands of family holidays this summer.

Hitting key long-haul routes, including flights to Disneyland in California and Florida, as well as the Caribbean, the Far East and Australia, strikes would be incredibly disruptive for many holiday makers.

Strike dates have not be revealed yet, but the first is expected to take place in July, with further walk outs to follow over the summer.

But there was better news for passengers today though, as BA’s union Unite balloted several thousand of its members, recommending acceptance of an agreement thrashed out between the two sides after 18 months of conflict.

The agreement includes a two-year pay deal and the return of travel concessions for thousands of staff who took part in 22 days of strikes last year, which cost BA £150million.

Sir Richard Branson’s airline said it was disappointed but was preparing ‘contingency plans’ to deal with any walk-out.

Travel industry experts condemned the strike as ‘disappointing and frustrating’.

Balpa chief Jim McAuslan said: ‘There has been no UK pilot strike for 32 years. But there comes a time when even moderate people say enough.

‘With no pay increase since 2008, a below inflation offer for 2011 and proposals for 2012 and 2013 that will be sub-inflation this is now a six-year attack on living standards which has not happened in any other UK airline.’

He added: ‘We do not want to inconvenience the public and hope that Sir Richard will use some of his undoubted flair to settle this.’

A spokesman for the airline said its pay offer was ‘industry leading’ and ‘double the national average for a UK business’.

He added: ‘We are naturally disappointed with the result of the ballot but remain committed to further talks with our pilots’ representatives to find a solution.’

Ash cloud causes no disruption to BA today

British Airways is conducting a verification flight to help determine procedures to continue flying in accordance with risk assessment methodology developed by ICAO, the global aviation governing body, over the last 12 months.

The flight will produce data that should help the understanding of the limitations of the models being used to forecast ash dispersal.

The flight, by a British Airways Airbus A320, departed from Manchester airport this evening to fly toward the Newcastle area and then over Glasgow and Edinburgh before heading south and arriving at London Heathrow.

The aircraft, and its flight performance, will then be subject to detailed inspection and analysis overnight by the airline’s engineers. All data will be made available to the CAA.

We regret the cancellation of today’s services between London and Scotland, and London and Newcastle. These cancellations were made entirely on the basis of the information given to us by the CAA and the Met Office.

We expect flights to all areas, including Scotland, to operate normally today.

Easter break safe from BA cabin crew strike

Holidaymakers travelling with British airways could give a sigh of relief yesterday when it was revealed their will be no strike from the BA cabin crew – temporarily at least.

Instead peace talks will continue for a 28-day extension, to prevent further peace talks.

Just days after both Unite and BA consulted a clinical psychologist, in an effort to heal the deep rift between the two parties, Unite’s new leader, Len McCluskey, and BA’s new chief executive, Keith Williams meet to try and compromise and reach a deal over the dispute.

However, throughout the 28-days of peace talks the union can still call a strike if they wish, at any point during this time.

The risk of a strike hitting the busy Easter holidays or Royal Wedding are now decreasing but there are still worries it could hit the school half-term break.

Meeting senior figures, Mark Hamilin is said to be acting as ‘a long term relationship builder’. Mr Hamilin, who’s company specialises in dealing with issues of trust, was acknowledged in a joint statement by BA and Unite who said their process of ‘cooperation building’ had been ‘assisted by a highly-regarded external company’.

BA and the union said it hoped that ‘the optimism of recent weeks can be turned into a reality’.

Insiders have said the 28-extension is a ‘positive sign’, and an agreement was hoped for.

BA and the union said it hoped the ‘the optimism of recent weeks can be turned into a reality.’