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British Airways to hit record crew recruitment numbers in 2016

British Airways to hit record crew recruitment numbers in 2016

British Airways have released a statement explaining that they aim to recruit a record number of pilots and cabin crew in 2016, which will increase its flying crew to more than 20,000 for the first time in its near 100 year history.

In 2016 alone, 13 brand new Boeing 787-9s and Airbus A380s will be delivered (serving 13 short and long-haul routes) and these new crew members will help fly this growing fleet. The airline plans to recruit more 350 pilots, and approximately 1,600 cabin crew, which is the highest recruitment drive in a single year for the national carrier.

All flying crews will be trained at British Airways’ new Global Learning Academy based at Heathrow, which includes the airline’s 15 full motion simulators, and realistic short and long-haul aircraft training cabins.

Photo credit: Stuart Bailey

Photo credit: Stuart Bailey

British Airways' director of flight operations, Captain Stephen Riley, said: “It’s a great time to be a British Airways pilot. “We have excellent opportunities for new pilots with the British Airways Future Pilot Programme entering its fifth successful year, as well as the very best experienced flight crew from other airlines and the military. We’re extremely proud that we have more female pilots than ever before, and we are continuing our recruitment campaign to encourage more women to apply to fly commercial aircraft.”