The first-ever British Airways Future Pilot Programme cadets started their 18-month pilot training course in April.
Only 3% of the 3,500 applicants qualified for the programme. Upon completion of their training, the 95 future pilots will be introduced to the BA fleet to begin their flying careers.
The cadets will learn at BA-approved flight training schools in Oxford and Southampton in the UK, and Jerez in Spain.
In the first 16 months, students will complete their ground theory training, cockpit instrument rating and flight training. The final two months will be completed using simulators at BA’s flight training centre near London Heathrow.
Director of Flight Operations Captain Stephen Riley commented: “It’s great to see our Future Pilot Programme come to life. With this first group of new pilots entering the airline in 2013 and the second recruitment phase starting later this year, the high levels of skills and service that our customers rightly expect from British Airways’ pilots are assured for years to come.”