CTC Aviation to supply Qatar Airways with pilots

'CTC Wings' graduates will form a key part of the Doha-based carrier's pilot intake.
Qatar Airways Airbus A320
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Qatar Airways Airbus A320

CTC Aviation has been awarded a pilot supply contract with Qatar Airways.

As part of the agreement, graduate pilots from the ‘CTC Wings’ programme will form a key part of the Doha-based carrier’s pilot intake in future years.

“As an airline growing at a tremendous rate and with orders for more than 250 aircraft due for delivery over the next few years, we will require a large number of pilots to join the organisation,” stated Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.

“CTC is a key partner for Qatar Airways to deliver the pool of professional pilots that we need to meet our operational requirements.”

CTC Aviation has training centres in the United Kingdom and New Zealand and trains in the region of 2000 ab-initio and experienced pilots each year for approximately 50 clients around the world.

The first 18 CTC pilots selected by Qatar Airways will complete their A320 type rating training at CTC’s United Kingdom-based airline training centre during April and May and commence line operations with Qatar operating out of Doha during summer 2012.

“This is a great opportunity for our graduate pilots to forge a strong future career with an airline that maintains high standards of safety and customer service and in a region that is promising some significant growth in the coming years,” said Lee Woodward, director of business development at CTC Aviation.

“This contract has been tailored to provide a mutually beneficial package for both the airline and the CTC Wings pilots. Qatar Airways has demonstrated their willingness to support their future cadet pilot intake and we are very pleased to have been chosen to work alongside another forward thinking airline, committed to investing in their future pilot supply.”

As part of CTC’s philosophy to work in partnership with their client airlines, a CTC TRE (Type Rating Examiner) has been working alongside the Qatar Airways team in Doha to ensure that the type rating training for the new intake pilots is accurately tailored to incorporate Qatar Airways’ SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and company culture. 

“As an airline training provider, we believe this is just one of the factors that set us apart from our competitors,” added Woodward.

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