At the beginning of May 2024, airBaltic Training accepted its 10th training aircraft – Diamond DA40 NG – for the airBaltic Pilot Academy, manufactured by Diamond Aircraft.

It was publicly presented during the inaugural airBaltic Backstage Experience event, exclusively for holders of Planies NFTs, part of the airBaltic Club loyalty program. The aircraft features a special Planies NFT livery and will be operated by students of the airBaltic Pilot Academy. 

Pauls Cālītis, Chief Operations Officer of airBaltic, stated, "Looking ahead, we are confident that the demand for pilots will only increase, and we are excited to continue welcoming new students to our program – as skilled and well-trained professionals are key to the success of any airline.”

There are 135 active students at the airBaltic Pilot Academy at the moment. Most of them are from the Baltic countries, however, there are students also from other EU countries such as Denmark, Germany, France, Finland, Spain and Italy among others. Overall, more than 10% of airBaltic Pilot Academy students are female. As for now, 97 students, after graduating, have joined airBaltic.

Meanwhile, airBaltic has recently launched another training initiative, which complements the existing study programs of airBaltic Training. It is the Technical Academy, designed for individuals aiming to start or advance their career in aircraft maintenance. The academy is now accepting applications for its three specialized programs in collaboration with Riga Technical University, Liepaja State Technical School, and the exclusive airBaltic Mechanics program.

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