QantasLink Partners with universities on next generation of pilots

QantasLink has announced a new pilot recruitment program designed to provide the best and brightest aviation students with a flying start to their career.

The “Qantas Future Pilot Program” has been designed in collaboration with five universities across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and is open to aviation students at UNSW, Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland, Swinburne University of Technology and RMIT University.

Students will have the opportunity to be mentored by experienced QantasLink pilots throughout their studies, and, if successful through the selection process, will transition to a job at QantasLink straight after graduation.

Based on current university intakes, the program will be open to a potential pool of 300 students each year.

QantasLink Chief Executive Officer, John Gissing, said the Qantas Future Pilot Program is about building the next generation of exceptional pilots from within Australia´s top aviation schools and in return providing students with benefits and placement certainty.

As Australia´s largest regional airline, QantasLink currently employs more than 380 pilots and operates a network of 56 metropolitan and regional destinations across Australia.

QantasLink operates the fastest turbo props of any airline in regional Australia with 31 Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. It also operates 14 Q300/Q200 aircraft.