AER LINGUS has received over 3,000 apply for 12 places in the latest Aer Lingus pilot cadetship drive.
The group of twelve recruits are from Ireland, the UK and Germany and they will begin a fourteen month training course, starting at the end of January with FTEJerez, a flight training organisation, based in Jerez, Spain.
The cadet starting salary is about €40,000.
The training includes five months of ground school followed by basic flying on single and multi-engine aircraft and aircraft simulators.
If they are successful, the cadets will receive their wings and commence flying the airline’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.
Last May twenty cadets, who had successfully completed the cadetship programme, received their wings and became fully-fledged Aer Lingus co-pilots.
They are now flying Aer Lingus short haul European routes.
Outgoing Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller said, “Aer Lingus has a proud history of providing young people with long term career opportunities through pilot cadetships, apprentice engineer programmes and other graduate training programmes."