When CTC Aviation's airline pilot career programme, CTC WINGS was announced in 2003, Thomas Cook Airlines was one of the launch Partner airlines. Between 2003 and 2008 the airline employed 47 of the programme's graduate pilots. Currently operating with a workforce of 2,500 employees from 10 bases, the airline has once again turned to CTC Aviation to select from the company's airline placement pool of newly qualified CTC WINGS pilots. The first group of four pilots has just been confirmed and are now commencing their Thomas Cook A320 type rating at CTC Aviation's Group Headquarters and main airline training centre in Southampton, UK.