Alitalia recently announced that it has selected 24 young participants aged between 18 and 27 years, to attend the joint Alitalia-Etihad Airways cadet pilot programme.
More than 550 candidates applied to join the two-year training course, which will take place in Italy, and at Etihad Airways’ training facilities in Abu Dhabi.
On completion of the course, cadets will receive necessary licenses to become pilots at CityLiner, Alitalia’s regional airline. The airline operates a fleet of 20 aircraft including five Embraer 190 and 15 Embraer 175 regional jets. New pilots will commit to flying for Alitalia for a minimum period of 36 months.
The first eight cadet pilots left for Abu Dhabi recently, where their initial training will take place. They were accompanied by Alitalia captain Giuseppe Borgna, who is in charge of the project. The group of 24 participants was selected by Alitalia after completing an extensive set of aptitude, psychological and physical tests.