Virgin Australia has inaugurated its pilot cadet programme in collaboration with Flight Training Adelaide.
The programme starts with eight cadets, who will begin 55 weeks of training with Flight Training Adelaide that is based in the state of south Australia.
After the completion of their training, they will operate as first officers for three years on Skywest Airlines' ATR 72 aircraft. They will then transition to operate Virgin Australia's jet aircraft as first officers.
The cadets will also hold commercial and air transport pilots licences, multiengine command instrument rating, multicrew and jet conversion trainings.
"Investing in training and development is crucial and we are pleased to be working with Flight Training Adelaide on this significant initiative," says Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti.
"There is increasing demand for pilots in our part of the world, with a recent study showing an imminent pilot shortage in the Asia-Pacific region."