First JetBlue 'Gateway Select' pilot trainees to graduate

JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) has announced the first graduation of candidates from the training portion of its innovative pilot recruiting pathway – Gateway Select, the airline´s competency-based training program for aspiring pilots, the company said.

The first group of pilots has completed their primary classroom, technical and flight training and will now continue on a path to receiving their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate by earning their FAA-mandated 1,500 hours of flying time as flight instructors. After instructing for two years, they will begin flying as first officers at JetBlue, as early as 2020.

JetBlue partners with CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) to deliver Gateway Select´s training curriculum.

JetBlue partners with CAE, leveraging CAE´s experience in delivering competency-based training programs to airlines throughout the world, to deliver Gateway Select´s training curriculum. Gateway Select takes the best from training programs used by the US military and international airlines and applies the safety standards and federal requirements for current pilots. The Pilot trainees came from a diverse set of backgrounds and professional experiences, including a heavy machine operator, a supermarket sales clerk and an accountant.

JetBlue is New York´s Hometown Airline®, and a carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 40 million customers a year to 101 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information visit

CAE is a global provider of the delivery of training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets.