Ryanair to train pilots in Poland
Europe's biggest airline group, Ryanair, is to have pilots trained at the Łódź centre of Bartolini Air in cooperation with airports in Łódź and Olsztyn. Over four years, 320 pilots will be trained at the centre.
Ryanair's Operations Development General Manager John Dooly explained at a Wednesday press conference held at Łódź Airport that the training would be conducted within the framework of the Ryanair Mentored Pilots programme, aimed at candidate pilots from Poland and the whole of Europe.
Each of the candidates will have the chance to join Ryanair within two and a half years.
The intensive pilot training will last eighteen months, after which candidates will be ready to join training for Ryanair's Boeing 737 aircraft.
Dooly added that the Irish low-cost carrier selected its training partner very vigorously.
He said Ryanair was impressed by Bartolini, which has 13 modern aircraft. He said the company also checked the training centres in Łódź and the Mazurian lake district and found them to be of the highest standard.
Izabela Konopinska CEO of Bartolini Air, said: “Being recognized by Europe’s leading airline is a milestone for Bartolini Air. It undoubtedly proves the quality of our training and the high level of skills of our cadets. It will also give us even more motivation to work hard and help our student fulfil their dreams.”
The trainees will be schooled according to Ryanair standards in order to join the company's aircrews as quickly as possible.
Bartolini Air in Łódź is one of the biggest pilot training centres certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Central Europe.
It has 13 modern single and multiple-engine Tecnam planes and three FNPTII simulators.
The Bartolini group is also a charter operator and has servicing facilities for piston and jet aeroplanes.