First women join the ranks of airBaltic pilot training course

The third intake of would-be airline pilots has started studies at airBaltic's pilot training course and in a welcome development, women are finally among their number.

The third group of students began their study process at the Latvian airline’s airBaltic Pilot Academy on January 10, 2019 and consists of 11 students who will become airBaltic pilots upon completion of the full-time program in less than two years from now (picture above includes one student from the previous intake).

Airline executive Pauls Cālītis said: “The students that received their first epaulettes today have passed the same meticulous application process all our pilots go through. Being the only pilot academy in the Baltic region that is linked to an airline, our students benefit greatly while learning from the first-hand experience of our professional instructors.”

“We launched our Pilot Academy last spring, and since then we have received four state-of-the-art Diamond Aircraft and a flight simulator, established training facilities at Liepāja Airport. Over 30 Baltic students are now on their way to fulfill their dreams and become commercial pilots,” Cālītis added.

an airBaltic spokeswoman confirmed to LSM that two of the latest trainees are women, in contrast with the all-male earlier groups.

The application process for the second 2019 spring group of airBaltic Pilot Academy will conclude
on January 14, 2019. For more information and applications, please visit the Pilot Academy website.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius.

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