Second class starts pilot training with airBaltic - but still no women

A second group of 12 students have started pilot training with Latvian airline airBaltic, the company announced September 10.

However, the second intake looked very much like the first in that it was an all-male affair.

Pauls Cālītis, airBaltic Senior Vice President of Flight Operations said in a release: “We saw a tremendous increase in the number of applications received for this second group. Over 450 potential candidates applied, 150 of whom came from Estonia and Lithuania. We have worked a lot so that young people in the Baltics would find out about the Pilot Academy and realize that becoming a pilot is an attainable target.”

LSM asked airBaltic how many of the 450 applicants had been female and was told,"out of the 450 applications airBaltic received for studies in the Pilot Academy, only 14 came from female candidates. There are several strong candidates among them, thus we see that it is only a matter of time before some of them successfully join the Pilot Academy and become airBaltic pilots."

Currently airBaltic employs 324 pilots, out of whom 18 are female pilots, including 6 female captains.

airBalticTraining, a subsidiary of airBaltic, is a training facility offering aviation training services in its
purpose-built training center in Riga. It was established in 2010.

The application process for the 2019 spring group of airBaltic Pilot Academy must be submitted by
November 5, 2018. For more information and applications, please visit: http://pilotacademy.com.
The third group will start studies in January 2019.

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