Pictured (left to right): Rafael Hoyos, Iberia’s Director of Operations; and Oscar Sordo, CEO of FTEJerez

Spain’s flag carrier, Iberia, has chosen FTEJerez to provide ab initio training for its future First Officers and Captains.

Under a new ‘Mentored Airline Pilot Scheme,’ selected candidates will commence their training at FTEJerez early in 2018, joining FTE’s Airline First Officer Programme (AFOP). Following 62 weeks of training in Jerez and on successful completion of their Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) course, the graduates will transition to an Airbus type rating and First Officer role with Iberia.

Captain Jorge Vilar, Head of Training at Iberia, stated, “One of Iberia’s most distinguishing values is that we have always taken pride in counting on the most well-prepared professionals in the industry. As we wish to continue doing so in the future, the quality of training provided by FTEJerez ensures the exacting standards that Iberia demands.”

“We are extremely proud of Iberia’s decision to entrust FTEJerez with the training of the airline’s next generation First Officers and future Captains. We also view it as fitting recognition by the Spanish flag carrier of the high-quality training provided by FTEJerez,” stated CEO of FTEJerez, Oscar Sordo. “It indicates that our track record in the industry and the milestones we have achieved over the past three decades continue to attract some of the world’s leading airlines. We look forward to building on the trust and existing good relationship between Iberia and FTEJerez in the months and years to come.”

The Iberia AFOP will be opening for application on the 27th November. Further details can be found on FTE’s website.

Iberia is also interested in developing the next generation of maintenance technicians and, earlier, this year, signed an agreement with the Madrid Regional Government to do so.