BAKYUNHAM From South Africa, joined Feb 2001, 48 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7784 times:
In surfing the SAA website I noticed that SAA recruits perspective pilots and through a selection process chooses candidates which the airline fully trains for FREE! Upon completion of the program, those offered employment start out at SA Airlink or SA Express and work their way up to the 744's which the site claims takes 12 years on average. Those who are not offered employment are not required to pay the airline for the training and are free to seek employment elsewhere.
Ryu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 474 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7752 times:
Actually, a lot of airlines in Asia and Europe have these programs, like SQ, CX, BA, LH, etc... generally countries where they don't have a sizeable military, or regional airlines to recruit pilots from.
As you can imagine, they are very competitive to get in.
In the US, we have a large military as well as many regional airlines, which provide an ample supply of pilots, therefore no need for the airlines train them from scratch.