Brussels Airlines and Skywings Flight Training start new training for cadet pilots

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Future pilots can be recruited by Brussels Airlines even before their pilot training starts

Brussels Airlines launches a new partnership with Skywings, a flight training academy based in Antwerp. The programme allows cadet pilots to be recruited by the airline even before they have started their training. Skywings will train these future pilots according to the high standards of Brussels Airlines and familiarise them with the airlines’ procedures.

Brussels Airlines has entered an exciting new era with growth and opportunities. New aircraft are joining the fleet and new destinations are being added to the network. To foster this growth, Brussels Airlines is hiring recruits across the board.

To accelerate the onboarding process of first officers, Brussels Airlines launches a partnership with Skywings Flight Training in Antwerp. In close cooperation, a “Multi Pilot Licence” programme is created. This means candidates are being recruited together with the airline even before training starts. During the training, cadets immediately start the process for a Multi Pilot Licence (MPL), allowing them to fly planes with more than one pilot, which is the case for all aircraft Brussels Airlines operates. The candidates will also be trained on simulators and be familiarised with the procedures of Belgium’s national airline.

Once the training is completed, these pilots can join Brussels Airlines as first officers on the A319 and A320 fleet, hereby making a lengthy selection process or Ab Initio training within the airline redundant.

“This collaboration is a real win-win for all parties involved. The flight training becomes more affordable for the candidates and is a high-speed ticket to a career at Brussels Airlines. At the same time, it allows us to make trainings more efficient so we can welcome our colleagues on board as soon as possible.”

Filip Aerts, Head of Flight Operations, Brussels Airlines

Every year, Brussels Airlines will be able to welcome 20 to 30 pilots via the collaboration with Skywings. This does not exclude pilots from other flight schools to join the airline, as the need for pilots currently is high.

“Through our partnership with Brussels Airlines, Skywings Flight Training is excited to offer a Multi Pilot License program that turns aspiring pilots into professionals in just 19 months. Together, we’re committed to not only providing top-tier training but also to fostering a future where our graduates seamlessly transition to their careers at Brussels Airlines.”

Pieter Brantegem, Chief Commercial Officer, Skywings Flight Training

Brussels, April 12th, 2023

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