Emirates Airlines has been touring the world recruiting pilots to satisfy its growth demands. But it is not just the Middle East where demand for pilots is on the rise. British Airways today launched what it says is its biggest recruitment drive in over a decade, with plans to hire more than 800 pilots in the next five years.
As well as recruiting experienced pilots from other airlines and ex-military pilots, British Airways says it will help around 400 aspiring pilots with the cost of training through its Future Pilot Program.
Given cutbacks in the U.K. armed forces, the uptake from that quarter is likely to be high.