Barcelona-based airline Volotea has signed an exclusive five-year contract with Airbus to train all its pilots.

The training will start in January and includes Type-Rating as well as long-term Recurrent training linked to Volotea's growing fleet of Airbus A319s – which will exceed 50 aircraft in 2023. The organization of the training plan is currently on-going, paving the way for the ‘go-live’ next year.

A pool of expert pilot instructors from both Airbus and Volotea with teach the Volotea trainees. The exclusive partnership was unveiled on the opening day of EATS 2019 in Berlin.

The flexible training scheme will benefit from the cross-fertilization of both Volotea’s and Airbus’ respective expertise and standards. To this end, the airline is initially inducting four of its pilot instructors into Airbus’ training regime, while in parallel, Airbus is aligning around 20 of its own instructors in collaboration with Volotea’s operational requirements.

The joint instructor field is expected to increase inline with the expansion of the airline's A319 fleet. Volotea has selected the Airbus A319 as the model for its planned fleet expansion.