EasyJet launches pilot recruitment drive

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EasyJet is to begin recruiting to fill 200 new pilot positions next year, taking on a range of experience levels from just-qualified to experienced airline pilots.

The recruits can expect to begin flying starting in the 2014 summer season, says the airline. EasyJet's head of flight operations Brian Tyrrell says: "We are actively seeking pilots from the military services and we know from the ex-forces pilots who already fly with us that their skills and experience will be an asset to the airline."

He says the new positions will be offered across all 11 of EasyJet's UK bases and its network of bases. Tyrrell says the airline is recruiting across the experience range - pilots starting their career, military pilots and those working for other airlines. Noting that EasyJet is already recruiting pilots to fill 315 new crew positions this year.

He says some of the 200 new pilots go straight onto the EasyJet payroll, while others will initially be contracted to the airline via easyJet's training partners CTC Aviation and CAE Parc Aviation. This is a standard procedure for EasyJet, providing the carrier with some seasonal flexibility. But, Tyrrell explains: "Having gained further experience and flying hours, they will get a permanent contract with the airline."