Skyborne has welcomed the first Speedbird Pilot Academy trainees on their fully sponsored path to the flight deck with British Airways.

Skyborne was announced as the official UK partner for the Speedbird Pilot Academy in September 2023. The scheme saw more than 20,000 applicants in its first year and a highly competitive process, including online assessments, video and face-to-face interviews, as well as an assessment day with British Airways. Skyborne is the only flight school to serve as official UK partner for both SPA and the Speedbird Self-Sponsored Pathway (SSP), offering Integrated ATPL applicants the opportunity to receive a conditional job offer from the airline before starting their flight training.

Lee Woodward, CEO, Skyborne, says: “This is a life-changing initiative. By removing training costs, British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy levels the playing field for the best and brightest, driving change in our industry.”

Lucy Silvester, British Airways pilot recruitment manager, says:  “The overwhelming number and standard of applications is helping to ensure we are attracting the very best flying talent for our future generation of pilots.

“We will continue to invest in our future pilots, as part of our £7 billion investment programme across the airline and will soon announce application details for the second year of Speedbird Pilot Academy too.”

The Speedbird class of 2024 come from diverse backgrounds, range in age from 18 to their mid-40s, and will join Skyborne between March and October this year.

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