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No experience required: TUI Airways scouting for new 737 pilots

TUI Airways kickstart the application process for its 2024 fully funded 737 pilot cadet programme. Today the operator begun the first stage in its search for new pilot hopefuls by opening its multi crew licence (MPL) application process, for the programme first announced in September last year.

Importantly, TUI Airways pledge to pay the majority of upfront training costs associated with gaining a MPL and 737 type rating, which combined, can exceed £100,000. TUI believe the incentive will improve the scope of potential candidates and make the prospect of pilot training more accessible to as many people as possible.

The airline reports that within its 2023 MPL new pilot cohort, successful applications came from a rich mix of backgrounds including, cabin crew, chefs, doctors, and veterans. According to TUI Airways the chosen cadets all have the unique experience of entering the aviation world without having to self-fund their pilot training.

After the fully funded programme was first introduced last year, TUI Airways highlights that is was the only scheme in the UK offering 30 places a year to train pilots without any upfront cost at the time. In an attempt to secure new entrants amidst post pandemic airline pilot shortages and strong traffic growth, other carriers such as British Airways have followed suit after launching a similar ‘no-upfront- fee’ pilot training initiative.

Talking about its 2024 opening, TUI Airways say that over a 19-month period successful candidates will complete initial flying training, and eventually fly its 737 as a cadet pilot from one of its UK bases. The TUI Airways MPL programme is developed by TUI Airline, meaning cadets will be instructed by TUI Airline trainers throughout the course.

The latest 2024 course will start in September 2024. For more information on the TUI MPL cadet pilot programme, and to view the entry requirements and apply, visit TUI careers.

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Author: FTN Editor

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