Commercial Aviation

easyJet to recruit 200 new pilots for 2014

imgflageasyJet, the UK’s largest airline, this week starts its search to fill 200 new, additional pilot positions in 2014. For successful applicants the new roles will provide the first step towards a long term career with easyJet and will also enable the airline to continue its profitable expansion which recently included launching new routes to Russia and Norway.

easyJet expects to fill the new positions from several sources including – pilots starting their career, pilots currently flying for the military who wish to join the civilian aviation sector and those who currently fly for other airlines who wish to build a career at easyJet.

The new positions will be offered across all 11 of easyJet’s UK bases – Gatwick, Southend, Luton, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and Belfast – and across easyJet’s European network of bases.

easyJet’s Head of Flight Operations, Captain Brian Tyrrell, said today:

“I’m really pleased to be launching this recruitment drive for 200 new pilots. We are actively seeking pilots from the military services and we know from the ex-forces pilots who already fly with us that their skills and experience will be an asset to the airline.

“No other British airline is recruiting on this scale. It is a great time to join easyJet – our pilots fly one of the youngest fleets in the aviation world, receive high quality training and fast career progression at an airline which has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

“Pilots joining easyJet can look forward to a long term career with the airline, becoming Captains in less than 10 years – much more quickly than at other airlines. As a demonstration of this we plan to promote 100 Senior First Officers to Captain in 2014.

“Our pilots’ skills and professionalism is very important to easyJet’s success and so I look forward to welcoming the successful applicants onboard next year.”

easyJet is the UK’s largest airline operating 214 aircraft, the average age of which is just over four years, carrying nearly 60 million passengers to 130 destinations. There are currently over 2300 pilots flying for easyJet.

Today’s announcement comes on top of the news last month that easyJet is creating 330 new permanent positions for pilots in 2013.

easyJet is advertising in industry publications such as Flight International.

Of the 200 new pilots some will join easyJet directly while others will join via easyJet’s training partners CTC Aviation and CAE Parc Aviation. They then gain further experience and flying hours with easyJet which is followed by a permanent contract with the airline.

Beyond that there are further opportunities for pilots to develop their career whether that is into a training or management role.

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