Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA) has announced a significant contract win with Turkish Airlines to train its cadet pilots from AFTA's base in Cork Airport, Ireland. The Cadet Pilot Training agreement with Turkish Airlines represents the first for a Irish company, which is regulated by the Irish Aviation Authority under  the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Atlantic Flight Training Academy, an Enterprise Ireland supported company, will recruit 10 new highly skilled Instructor pilots, and additional ground support staff, as a direct result of the new commercial agreement with Turkish Airlines. AFTA has been initially contracted to train 20 cadet pilots annually and the first group of Turkish trainee pilots have recently commenced training at AFTA's base at Cork airport.

Mark Casey, CEO, Atlantic Flight Training Academy and Head of Pilot Training, said: "Since our foundation in 1995, AFTA have trained over 1,800 high-calibre graduate pilots for global airlines, in our modern fleet of Cessna and Piper aircraft, as well as investing in the latest flight training equipment, including state-of-the-art Boeing 737NG and FNPT II fixed base simulators. We are delighted that our commitment to advanced cadet training and safety has been recognised by Turkish Airlines through signing this commercial agreement, and we look forward to helping these cadets progress and build their future careers with Turkish Airlines."