• Joe Breitfeller

Ryanair Announces New Pilot Training Program With Aviomar Flight Academy

Updated: Feb 23, 2020

Ryanair announced on Wednesday that they are launching a new pilot training program with Rome-based Aviomar Flight Academy. The partnership, which commenced last October, provides a structured path to pilot trainees to join Ryanair's 737 type rating program.


Ryanair Boeing 737NG - Courtesy Ryanair

On Wednesday (February 19, 2020), Ryanair announced the launch of a new pilot training program in collaboration with Rome-based Aviomar Flight Academy. The partnership, which originally commenced in October 2019, gives pilot-trainees a structured path to join Ryanair’s Boeing 737 type rating program. Aspiring pilots who join the program will be trained by Aviomar flight instructors, using Ryanair protocols and procedures as they begin their path to becoming Ryanair pilots. Aviomar will be recruiting and training around 400 new pilots over the next 4-5 years from across Europe. New pilots starting their preliminary training now, can expect to join Ryanair from early 2022. In Wednesday’s announcement, Ryanair’s Director of Flight Operations, Neal McMahon said,


“Ryanair is pleased to announce this training partnership with Aviomar Flight Academy, which has an impressive track record in training top-class pilots to the highest standards. This new training programme is Ryanair’s only mentored pilot programme in Southern Europe, and this partnership highlights our commitment to supporting, developing and recruiting pilots for current and future positions. With hundreds of daily Ryanair flights into Italy, we expect students from across Europe to avail of Ryanair’s low fares and enroll in Aviomar Flight Academy’s Ryanair Mentored pilot training programme.”


New Ryanair pilots will enjoy unparalleled career opportunities as the carrier offers 82 bases, industry-leading training standards and success rates and outstanding earnings potential. Ryanair pilots also enjoy the best rosters in European aviation with 5 days on, followed by four days off. Additionally, the carrier offers a structured command upgrade program where pilots can be elevated to captain within 3-4 years. Also commenting on Wednesday’s announcement, Ryanair’s Head of Crew Training, Senan O’Shea added,


“This new Ryanair-Aviomar Flight Academy programme will provide the airline with a steady pipeline of talented and professional pilots from around Europe to meet the needs of our growing network. Trainee pilots can look forward to unmatched opportunities flying with the world’s number one international airline. After careful consideration, we have chosen Aviomar Flight Academy as our Italy based pilot training partner due to their continuous high standards in initial flight training and APS MCC. We are pleased to lend our operational expertise to Aviomar Flight Academy, especially in the provision of what will be an outstanding Ryanair Mentored Programme. This combination will be the best possible preparation for an airline career with Ryanair.”


Ryanair Holdings, plc is Europe’s largest airline conglomerate and the parent company of Buzz, Lauda, Malta Air, and Ryanair DAC. The airline carries over 154M passengers annually with over 2,400 daily departures from 82 bases. Ryanair serves over 200 destinations in 40 countries with a fleet of over 475 Boeing 737 Family aircraft. Currently, the low-cost carrier has an additional 321 Boeing 737s on order. The Ryanair Group expects annual traffic to reach 200M customers by FY 2024. The carrier employs 19,000 and has maintained a stellar safety record for over 34 years. Ryanair prides itself on being “Europe’s greenest cleanest airline group” promising customers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 50%, versus the “Big 4 EU major airlines.”



Source: Ryanair

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