In its latest Global Services Forecast, Airbus
predicts that a total of 540,000 new pilots will be needed over
the next two decades.
To help meet this demand, the aircraft
manufacturer is launching the Airbus Pilot Cadet Training
Programme to include ab initio training.
The programme is being launched in partnership
with Escuela de Aviacion Mexico (EAM), located near to the Airbus
Mexico Training Centre.
EAM was established
in 1943 and currently trains around 200 cadets per year. Serving Mexico’s main
airlines, EAM is located in Mexico City and Guadalajara with
flight bases in Acapulco, Cuernavaca and Atizapán. The company operates
one of the largest modern training fleets in the country and uses
latest-technology simulators, including an A320 for its ab initio
After completing their initial training with
EAM, cadets will qualify at the Airbus Mexico Training centre to
become Airbus A320 pilots.
The programme will be open to young people over
18 years old who have graduated from high school. Candidates will
undergo screening tests online and on-site. The first batch of
Airbus cadets is expected to start training in January 2019,
graduating in July 2020.
Airbus has said that similar partnerships are planned across
the globe over the coming years.