Kiwi ac­cepted to pi­lot pro­gramme

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Sam Malur is fly­ing high af­ter be­com­ing the first New Zealan­der to be ac­cepted into Qatar Wings.

The pi­lot train­ing pro­gramme will see the 21-year-old placed with one of the Mid­dle East’s largest air­lines upon com­ple­tion.

‘‘I have as­pired to be a pi­lot ever since I was young. Be­ing ac­cepted into Qatar Wings re­ally is a dream come true,’’ Mr Malur says.

The pro­gramme was an­nounced by CTC Avi­a­tion as open to in­ter­na­tional ap­pli­cants, in­clud­ing New Zealan­ders, in June 2013.

The Lyn­field res­i­dent will train for 18 months at CTC Avi­a­tion fa­cil­i­ties in New Zealand and the United King­dom.

He will then com­plete ad­vanced train­ing at Qatar Air­ways in Doha.

For the last two years Mr Malur has stud­ied to­wards a bach­e­lor of sci­ence at Auck­land Univer­sity. How­ever, ca­reer plans changed when he saw CTC Avi­a­tion was re­cruit­ing for Qatar Air­ways.

‘‘The Qatar Wings op­por­tu­nity couldn’t be more per­fect. De­spite hav­ing had no fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, I knew I had to ap­ply.’’

CTC Avi­a­tion act­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ju­lian So says the pro­gramme of­fers a chance for peo­ple to work with one of the world’s top air­lines.

‘‘The op­por­tu­nity for New Zealan­ders to join a Gulf air­line as a new en­trant pi­lot is vir­tu­ally un­heard of,’’ he says.

Mr Malur was joined last week by five oth­ers from around the world at CTC Avi­a­tion’s Crew Train­ing Cen­tre in Hamil­ton.

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