British Airways is entering an exclusive arrangement under which some of its Airbus A320 conversion training will be undertaken by UK specialist CTC Aviation.

The training company, which is based in Southampton and has a new simulator centre at London Gatwick, already manages the airline’s ‘Future Pilot Programme’ for new-entrant cockpit crew.

While CTC has been a long-term partner to the airline, it says that the new agreement marks the first time BA has tied up with an independent third party to provide conversion training for its pilots.

Some 200 pilots will initially be put through conversion training with CTC. BA pilot recruitment manager Lindsay Craig says the company has “consistently met our high standards”.

CTC chief operating officer for airline training Mike Redrupp adds that the agreement will enable BA to make better use of its resources and training personnel, and reduce the time pilots are off-line for conversion.

Source: Cirium Dashboard