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Flybe’s recent pilot recruitment drive attracts worldwide interest

Leading regional airline reports high volume of applications exceeded expectations

18th May 2016

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, reports that, despite a worldwide shortage of pilots, it received over 1,500 applications during the first two weeks of its recent recruitment drive for 120 direct entry Commanders and First Officers, as well as around 150 newly-qualified pilots in 2016 to support its future growth plans, particularly as it expands further into Europe.

To manage the process, Southampton-based CTC Aviation was appointed to spearhead the recruitment drive that started last month with a series of recruitment roadshows across the UK and Ireland, with applications also being received from further afield.

With the first intake of new Direct Entry Captains already starting work at Flybe, Director of Flight Operations, Colin Rydon, comments: “We were pleased with the extremely high level of interest received from such a large, diverse range of well-qualified pilots. The large number of applications received from potential candidates even within the first few days meant we had to considerably slow down our recruitment efforts for newly qualified First Officers.”

Flybe is considered a solid life-style career move as pilots have the opportunity to move from turbo-props to jets, and those joining as newly-qualified First Officers can progress to command within three and a half to four years. There is also the additional opportunity to become trainers or to join the company’s management team.

The airline is still actively recruiting Direct Entry Captains to meet the need for fleet growth during 2016.


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Notes to Editors:

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 216 routes serving 10 countries from 75 departure points, 37 UK/38 European airports* (all routes on sale Mar ’16 – Oct ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Feb ’15 – Jan‘16); one of only two UK-based carriers in top 20 global airlines punctuality league table by OAG (Jan ’16) and named top UK airline for punctuality in report issued by UK consumer watchdog Which? (Dec 2014); named ‘Best Short-Haul Airline’ at the 2016 Business Travel Awards (Jan ‘16); is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Jan ’16); operates fleet of 75 aircraft – 52 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195, 11 E175 & 3 ATR 72s; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific and Emirates; has three franchise partners, Loganair, Stobart Air and Blue Islands making it only UK airline brand with 72% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Jan ’15); has own globally recognised Training Academy in Exeter with flight deck and cabin crew simulator facilities, 26 classrooms and 150-seat conference facility.

*Flown under the Flybe brand (30 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 3 routes and 3 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)