The first group of 12 students will become qualified airBaltic pilots upon completion of the full-time program in about two years from now, the airline said.
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic described it as "a historic day not only for the students but also for airBaltic. Launching our own Pilot Academy has been a major step in securing that more Baltic pilots will join our airline in the future."
Photographs of the first intake suggest they are all male.
Applications for a the second intake, which will start in the fall, will open in June. Details are available from the airBaltic website.
In separate news the airline said in the first quarter of 2018 it has transported 729 897 or 24% more people than in the same period last year.