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  • Joe Breitfeller

Spirit Airlines Partners With CAE to Launch New Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway Program

Spirit Airlines and CAE have launched the new Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway Program for aspiring pilots, with the goal of expanding the carrier’s pipeline of professional aviators. The training will take place at CAE’s flight academy in Phoenix, Arizona.

Spirit Airlines Airbus A320neo - Courtesy Airbus

On Monday (October 24, 2022), Spirit Airlines announced the launch of the new Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway program for aspiring commercial pilots in partnership with CAE. The program will be located at CAE’s flight academy in Phoenix, Arizona, and will put graduates on the fast track to a successful career as a pilot with Spirit. The Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway has been designed to mentor future Spirit First Officers. Candidates can apply for the program after successfully completing their flight training at the CAE Phoenix Aviation Academy, and achieving approximately 500 hours of flight time. Those successfully passing Spirit’s interview process will then receive a Conditional Offer of Employment (COE) and a Spirit Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), and will be mentored as they complete the minimum hours for an ATP certificate.

In today’s announcment, Spirit Airlines’ Senior Director of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot, Ryan Rodosta, said,

“CAE is a great partner for us because of their commitment to safety and operational excellence, and also their dedication to finding solutions for student training needs. At Spirit, we recognize Pilots are at the core of an airline. We have one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry, and we fly to world-class destinations. We're growing fast and creating tremendous career-progression opportunities.”

Also commenting on the new training partnership, CAE Group’s President – Civil Aviation, Nick Leontidis, added,

“This new program will ensure Spirit Airlines has a pipeline of qualified pilots as they expand their fleet and route network. CAE and Spirit Airlines share an unwavering commitment to safety, and the Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway will give cadets an immersive training experience that will equip them with the skills and confidence to begin a successful career flying with Spirit Airlines.”

Interested candidates can learn more about the program and application process by clicking here.

CAE employs 13,000 team members and operates over 200 sites and training locations across 40 countries worldwide. The company empowers pilots, airlines, defense and security forces, along with healthcare practitioners to perform at the highest levels. CAE prides itself on delivering 75 years of industry firsts, including the highest fidelity flight and mission simulators, surgical manikins, and personalized training programs powered by artificial intelligence.

Miramar, Florida-based low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to offering the best value in the sky with service to destinations in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. The airline allows customers to select and pay for only the products and services they want, something they call “À La Smarte.” Spirit also operates one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the U.S. The carrier proudly calls their youthful fleet of aircraft their “Fit Fleet®.” Spirit Airlines will add 24 new fuel-efficient Airbus A320neos to their fleet in 2022, expanding their fleet to 197 aircraft, as well as 33 new aircraft in 2023.

Source: Spirit Airlines / PRNewswire

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