Air Transat and CAE have launched an “Ascension Academy” program, a new cadet training program that enables the airline to build a “pipeline of qualified pilots” trained to the highest standards.
The academy, announced Thursday (Sept. 21), offers aspiring pilots a pathway to earn their wings at CAE's flight academy, and the opportunity to begin their career as a second-in-command upon completion of their type rating with Air Transat.
Applications are now being accepted for training beginning in February 2024.
"The Ascension Academy is a new program that will develop the next generation of Air Transat's pilots. This program will enable us to recruit and train pilots in advance of the increased demand anticipated over the next years. One of the advantages of the Ascension Academy is that we will have a pipeline of pilots trained to our exacting standards with the specialized knowledge and skill to operate Air Transat's fleet to destinations throughout our network. Our strong company culture and positive employee experience will certainly attract many candidates," said Marc Gilbert, VP, flight operations at Air Transat.
Applicants who are successful in the interview process will be admitted to the Ascension Academy program and receive a conditional letter of employment from Air Transat for a second-in-command position.
Upon completion of their training and type rating, Ascension Academy graduates will become fully qualified Air Transat seconds-in-command and fly state-of-the-art Airbus aircraft throughout the airline's global network, including to transborder and international transatlantic destinations from its hub airports in Montreal (YUL) and Toronto (YYZ).
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