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Qatar Airways and CTC recruiting for Australian pilots

written by WOFA | June 10, 2013

Qatar Airways' 787s will be an attractive proposition for Australian pilots to fly. (Boeing)

Qatar Airways has contracted CTC Aviation to select and train the airline’s future pilots through a new Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) training program open to international applicants.

Qatar Wings will provide an opportunity for six trainees to begin their initial flight training with CTC every two months for the foreseeable future. Courses will originate at CTC’s training centres in Hamilton, New Zealand and Southampton, UK, with all initial flight training taking place at CTC’s New Zealand training facilities. Cadet pilots will then go on to complete their basic and intermediate training on CTC’s Airbus flight simulators in Southampton. The airline will deliver the final stages of training and line operating experience at its home base in Qatar. A conditional offer of employment to successful applicants will be made by Qatar Airways prior to training commencement.

Including the line training phase, the program takes approximately two years to complete.  Those meeting the standards will be offered employment as an A320 First Officer.

CTC’s CEO Rob Clarke said: “Qatar Wings is a unique opportunity for Australians who aspire to become a pilot for a world-leading, 5-star airline now have the opportunity to make their dream a reality.

“CTC is delighted to be in a position to announce this unique program globally and start processing applications.  It is rare that a Gulf airline offers international applicants, including Australians, the opportunity to partake in a cadet pilot program – particularly an MPL program,” Clarke added.

Qatar Wings is open year-round to applicants from around the globe.  Applicants need no previous flying experience but will need to demonstrate motivation, aptitude and interpersonal skills to a very high standard.

CTC is also the preferred cadet pilot supplier for easyJet and recently launched the CTC-easyJet MPL cadet program.  CTC also manages the British Airways Future Pilot Program and selects and recruits for the Jetstar Group in Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Singapore.


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