From April 2013, Pilot Training Network will train one hundred young pilot cadets for Turkish Airlines. In addition to 15 months of basic training, the package includes a type rating on the Airbus A320 or the Boeing 737NG. This will take a further two months, and will be conducted by Lufthansa Flight Training. Turkish Airlines is a member of Star Alliance and is one of the fastest-growing airlines in Europe.
The first training course will start in April. The theoretical training will be held in Frankfurt, while the flight instruction phases will take place in Vero Beach, Florida and in Rostock-Laage. The agreement with Turkish Airlines also includes a number of additional services. “We have put together an all-round carefree package for our customers, which includes board and lodging, transport and other services,” reports PTN Managing Director Holger Hoffmann. “That will enable the cadets to concentrate fully on their training.”
The proximity to the Lufthansa Group played a decisive role in winning over such a big corporate customer as Turkish Airlines. “Thanks to our close cooperation with Lufthansa Flight Training, we can offer our customers an optimally coordinated package comprising ab initio training and type rating from one source,” explains Karsten El-Nemr, a member of the PTN Management Board.
Above all, quality was a key consideration in selecting the training company, as Captain Sedat Azekerci, Post Holder Training at Turkish Airlines, stresses: “Pilot Training Network maintains high training standards and thus meets our expectations in terms of providing high-quality training for our pilots.”
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