The Best Airline To Fly For Is BA!

Tue Apr 10, 2001 1:56 am

Yesterday, I explored the British Airways site and I looked up the pilot employment section. Anyways, I read how the airline has an all expense paid, 18 month pilot training program.

Do any other airlines have that kind of pilot training program? I think that's cool how the airline will pay for your training and lodging and then start off flying the B757 or A320.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Is BA the best airline to fly for?

Happy flying,
Jet Joc

RE: The Best Airline To Fly For Is BA!

Tue Apr 10, 2001 2:01 am

Ages ago, there was a programme on UK tv that followed a trainee becoming a pilot for BA and it was BRILLIANT!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy He flew an A320 around Glasgow doing bump-and-go's. They started off @ Oxford in tiny planes and i wonder where they are now!

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RE: The Best Airline To Fly For Is BA!

Tue Apr 10, 2001 2:07 am

It is very comon in Europe for pilots to trained from the very beginning by the airline they fly with

This is because there are far fewer military pilots and far less private general avaition. In fact general avaition is virtually unknown outside of England and is very very expensive.

Almost all airlines in Europe do ab-initio training for their pilots. Some argue that this is better as all bad habits can be ironed out.

RE: The Best Airline To Fly For Is BA!

Tue Apr 10, 2001 2:16 am

Yes, but competition is *fierce* because of the fact that

1) From Ab-Initio to ATPL-all paid for by BA+job guarantee.
2) BA is a highly desirable airline to work for

In the UK at least, it offers opportunities unrivalled by any other airline, in terms of fleet, route structure & general lifestyle.

CEP/TEP (Cadet/Trainee Entry Pilot) is the name given to those on/applying for BA's sponsored pilot training.
It is the best way of joining BA, as you have the potential to work your way up the seniority ladder and *attractive* salaries that go with that.

As for other sponsorships, a number of other airlines award *part* sponsorships (you must pay perhaps a third of the cost). Again, stringent selection is carried out-and so it should be!

Amongst the airlines which award part-sponsorhips in the UK, at one time or the other:

Air 2000, BMI, Airtours, KLM uk, Atlantic Airlines, Virgin (only once-it is considering making another offer) and perhaps a few others, I am not sure.

Obviously BA is the first one to try, and theirs is a continous sponsorship offer (you can apply now, or in 6 months).

Although some people within BA are saying Rod Eddington (CEO at BA) wants to drop the scheme, because it is very expensive for BA. Noooooooo!!!!!

I saw the programme too, and the gleam in the eyes of the trainee as he climbed out of GLA at the controls of the Babybus (320) was very inspiring!

Emirates and a number of other airlines (CX) also offer sponsorships for ab-initio's but I presume there may be some citizenship requirements.

Some BA cadets get sent out to WMU for about 6 months, lots of nice weather!


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RE: The Best Airline To Fly For Is BA!

Tue Apr 10, 2001 2:31 am

As Picard said the competition is very fierce. I have a friend who made it, and he was telling me that 3000 people apply for 8 spaces.
I am not sure about 6 months at WMU, when my friend did it they did their first 60 hours in Florida, before they went up to Prestwick (now they use OXford). I highly doubt BA will stop the scheme, BA has set the standard for it, and what it does more then train pilots it enthuses many. If BA and all the other airlines stopped the scheme many people would think that a flying career over here is untouchable.
I also do not think Virgin will sponsor again considering they really only fly long haul, now Virgin Sun (where all the sponsorship chaps went). Virgin require 2500 hours, and non of that can be helicopter, which is the highest I have heard over here. I am surprised they can crew the planes considering they pay their pilots the worst in the west!
BA is a career job if you get that you are pretty much set for life!
It is only about 15 months until I will try my luck with BA (among others), if all goes well I will be flying a 757 or A320 by the time I am 21!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
If you are still interested in flying for BA, I wrote an article for Jetcareers about becoming a pilot over in Europe. You can read it at: HERE
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RE: The Best Airline To Fly For Is BA!

Tue Apr 10, 2001 2:35 am

I have an old friend who is/was a FO on concorde for BA. I'm really not sure what he's doing right now, probably back on 757/767. From the stories he would tell me, the life of a BA pilot is awesome!

Also, on one concorde flight, he flew jumpseat and video taped the take off and landing. IT WAS AWESOME!

RE: The Best Airline To Fly For Is BA!

Tue Apr 10, 2001 3:54 am

Good luck Iain, I will be trying from 2003!  Big thumbs up

RE: The Best Airline To Fly For Is BA!

Tue Apr 10, 2001 4:12 am

Picard also good luck, hopefully by late 2003 I will flying high!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

RE: The Best Airline To Fly For Is BA!

Tue Apr 10, 2001 4:14 am

Thanks for the replies, guys.  Smile One more q. though, I'm an American citizen, so can I still do the program?
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RE: The Best Airline To Fly For Is BA!

Tue Apr 10, 2001 9:22 pm

Cathay has a program like this too. The send trainees to Australia for a 2 years training. And once you get recruited as a trainee, you get a salary. The total sum that the airline spend on the trainee before he really flies for the airline is more than 1million Hk dollar, thats about US 130000. So they won't easily recruit a person.

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