ENAC and Air France join forces to de­velop pi­lot tal­ent

The two par­ties will soon be­gin work­ing closely to­gether to over­see the pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment of 72 cadet pi­lots per year

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ENAC, a Eu­ro­pean pi­lot train­ing school, has part­nered with Air France to as­sist in re­open­ing the car­rier’s cadet pi­lot pro­gramme. Sus­pended al­most a decade prior, Air France has moved to re­in­state the pro­gramme so as to meet the growth in ca­pac­ity cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enced by the air­line and its af­fil­i­ates, Joon and Transavia.

Ac­cord­ing to Air France, the group will need to re­cruit 250 pi­lots per year, in or­der to meet the de­mand.

“Air France and ENAC have been train­ing the com­pany’s fu­ture pi­lots with great ex­per­tise for many years. By en­trust­ing its cadets to a school of in­ter- na­tional stature and a ref­er­ence in the world of avi­a­tion, Air France has cho­sen the best pos­si­ble train­ing for its fu­ture pi­lots,” said Olivier Du­lat, EVP Flight Op­er­a­tions at Air France.

Prospec­tive pi­lots that are signed up with ENAC’s pro­gramme will be­gin an 8-month the­o­ret­i­cal train­ing course at the Toulouse cam­pus. The group will then move for­ward to con­duct a year­long prac­ti­cal flight train­ing course at the Mont­pel­lier, Car­cas­sonne, Greno­ble and St-Yan cam­puses.

Upon grad­u­a­tion, the group of cadets will join the Air France Group as pi­lots for ei­ther the Air­bus A320 or Boe­ing 737.

“It is a great sat­is­fac­tion to be Air France’s priv­i­leged part­ner in train­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of pi­lots. We share the same val­ues of ex­cel­lence and per­for­mance that un­der­pin our co­op­er­a­tion,” added Olivier Chan­sou, di­rec­tor of ENAC.

The group will need to re­cruit 250 pi­lots per year.

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