British Airways to recruit record number of pilots and cabin crewStaff writer ▼ | January 16, 2016
British Airways is to recruit a record number of pilots and cabin crew in 2016, which will increase its flying crew to more than 20,000 for the first time in its near 100 year history.
Airline BA will increase its flying crew to more than 20,000
The airline recruits its pilots through three main channels; its own sponsored cadet scheme, direct from other carriers and experienced pilots from the military. The airline’s cadet scheme, the British Airways Future Pilot Programme opens annually to anyone aged 18 to 55 with no previous flying experience necessary.
British Airways’ cabin crew applicants must pass a series of exacting tests before the very best make it onto the airline’s bespoke course. The initial online stage of the application process includes a series of searching questions to help potential candidates assess whether they are suited to the role.
All flying crew will be trained at British Airways’ new state-of-the-art Global Learning Academy based at Heathrow, which includes the airline’s 15 full motion simulators, and realistic short and long-haul aircraft training cabins. ■