The Swiss leisure airline Edelweiss Air and Pilot Training Network have been cooperating since August 2013. During this time, Edelweiss Air has taken on seven graduates from the flying school. The first five young pilots have already successfully completed their type rating and have been flying with the airline ever since.
In view of this successful start, Edelweiss Air has announced that it will continue to draw on the recruitment support provided by Pilot Training Network in future.
Christoph Zogg, captain and chief operating officer at Edelweiss Air, offers a positive summary of the current arrangement: “There are a number of licensed pilots and flying school graduates on the employment market at present, making the task of selecting the right candidates a difficult one for the airlines. Thanks to the good cooperation with PTN we have managed to attract and select seven well-qualified young pilots for our company.”
Karsten El-Nemr, managing director of Pilot Training Network GmbH, is also highly satisfied with the way the cooperation arrangement has worked out thus far: “We are proud of the fact that it has been possible to integrate so many flying students into Edelweiss Air flight operations after less than a year. Accordingly, we have been able to meet around 70 percent of the airline’s recruitment needs. Edelweiss Air is a renowned airline with high standards. The fact that all graduates passed the selection process with a very good rating makes it clear that our pilot training is optimally geared toward real conditions in flight operations.”
Six of the recruited pilots can be seen in the picture with representatives from Edelweiss Air. First officer Daniel Backes has just returned from a round-trip to Tenerife and is delighted with the cooperation between the two companies: “The cooperation between the two companies made it possible for me to get started in the cockpit even during testing times. I am really happy to have the opportunity to fly for such a renowned airline.”
A PTN Press Releae, July 7, 2014
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