Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, recently celebrated the start of the first course of its Pilot Academy program in collaboration with Tréner Kft, its first contracted pilot school located in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary. In the next 21 months, the cadets will learn and develop all the skills necessary to become high quality airline pilots, supporting the significant expansion of Wizz Air.
The Wizz Air Pilot Academy, launched in August 2017 and currently only available to Polish residents, offers young adults the unique opportunity to obtain a Commercial Pilot’s License, without any prior flying experience. Within the framework of the program, Wizz Air collaborates with contracted pilot training organizations to provide quality education, following Wizz Air’s standards. The first two contracted pilot training schools are Tréner Kft. in Hungary and Egnatia Aviation Ltd. in Greece. The airline’s aim is to expand the program in the upcoming months, by collaborating with more flight schools and by launching the program in other countries in Central Eastern Europe.
During the opening ceremony, the group was welcomed by members of Wizz Air’s and Tréner’s leadership team, after which the future Wizz Pilots were officially handed their pilot jackets and guided around the pilot school in Nyiregyhaza. They now start an extensive training of 750 hours of ground, 60 hours of simulator and 145 hours of flight training.
Successful graduation from the Wizz Air Pilot Academy and meeting all conditions and requirements brings the prospect of employment opportunity at Wizz Air as Pilot Trainee. Pilot Trainees will then need to pass advanced trainings, after which they can continue their career as first officers flying Airbus A320 aircraft on the WIZZ network. First officers at Wizz Air have excellent growth opportunities across our extensive network, and are offered a competitive compensation package.
Diederik Pen, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Wizz Air, said: “It is my pleasure to welcome a whole new generation of bright, aspiring cadets to the WIZZ family. I wish them all the best during their comprehensive training with Tréner Kft, and I look forward to working with them in the near future. As we continue to expand the Wizz Air Pilot Academy program, we are able to offer even more talented people the chance to realize their dream of becoming an airline pilot and become part of our success story, supporting the significant growth of the company during the upcoming years.”