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CityJet to recruit 10 trainee pilots

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CityJet to recruit 10 trainee pilots

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

CityJet to recruit 10 trainee pilots

Irish European Regional airline CityJet will today formally launched its Climb High - Mentored Cadet Training Programme.

The Cadet programme opens for applicants today and will commence recruitment for the first 10 trainee pilots in June.

The 10 cadets will be employed by CityJet upon successful completion of their training across the CityJet network, with current crew bases in Dublin, London City Airport, Paris, Stockholm and Helsinki and, later this year, Amsterdam.

CityJet’s director of operations Robert Tatten said: “The launch of our new cadet programme will provide the start of an exciting career path for the successful applicants.

“CityJet has undergone significant growth in recent months, with, in addition to our Avro RJ85 fleet, eight Bombardier CRJ900s joining our new Nordic network and the arrival this summer of our new Superjet SSJ100s.

“This is definitely a great time to join CityJet and we look forward to welcoming our new recruits to our Cadet Programme later this year.”

Video: Cityjet Mentored cadet Programme CAE Oxford Aviation Academy

CityJet is to partner with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy to provide the initial training. The training will take place in Oxford and Phoenix, Arizona (USA).

To be considered for the cadet entry selection process, candidates must be:

  • i. Over 18 years of age.
  • ii. Have the unrestricted right to live and work anywhere in the European Union.
  • iii. Free from any criminal record.
  • iv. Must obtain an EASA Class 1 Medical endorsement prior to commencement.
  • v. Able to fund the full cost of the initial CAE OAA training course.
  • vi. Fluent in the English language with the potential to qualify at ICAO level 6.
  • vii. In possession of the following minimum educational qualifications:


School Leaving Certificate with 6 subjects including mathematics, English and a science subject, with a minimum of D1 in higher mathematics, or B3 in Ordinary math’s, with a C3 or higher in 3 honour subjects.


An Honours Degree above 3.0 or a pass or higher award in a higher degree such as MSc, MA, MPhil, DPhil, PhD, MBA.

How to apply

Full Details and application to the CityJet Mentored Cadet Pilot Program 2016 available here

Click here for information on fincance and funding.

The CareersPortal Team