British Airways Opens Second Year of Speedbird Pilot Academy Intake

A British Airways Speedbird Pilot Academy trainee
Photo Credit: British Airways

British Airways is opening the application window for the second year of its fully funded Speedbird Pilot Academy cadet scheme on Tuesday April 16, 2024.

This follows an unprecedented response to its first year intake which saw more than 20,000 applications for just 100 places.

Speedbird Pilot Academy

The Speedbird Pilot Academy initiative, part of the airline’s £7 billion investment across the business, is aimed at levelling the playing field.

It seeks to make a career as a commercial airline pilot a realistic option for all. It effectively removes the previously prohibitive cost barrier of individuals having to pay for their training themselves.

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British Airways’ Director of Flight Operations Simon Cheadle, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be able to open the door to a flying career to more people through this programme.

“We know from the overwhelming response and high standard of applications we had in the first year of Speedbird Pilot Academy, that there are a lot of talented people.”

“They just need a little bit of help to achieve their dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot – and we are pleased to give them that opportunity.”    

“We want to continue to attract the very best flying talent and our investment in this programme will help to ensure our future generation of pilots for years to come.”

100 Places Available

By removing the initial training cost barrier, the airline aims to level the playing field. The Acadamy is about making a flying career more accessible to a much wider range of people.

Each year, the Speedbird Pilot Academy Cadet programme provides fully-funded flight training for up to 100 candidates.

Integrated flight training courses are full-time and take 18-24 months to complete.

Candidates will be able to apply for up to 100 places on the programme. This will see the approximate £100,000 cost of their training covered entirely by the airline.

The British Airways careers site will begin accepting applications on April 16, 2024

Pilots from the final flight

About British Airways

As a global airline and the UK’s flag carrier, British Airways has been flying its customers to where they need to be for more than 100 years.

The airline connects Britain with the world and the world with Britain. It operates one of the most extensive international scheduled airline route networks. This works together with its joint business, codeshare and franchise partners.

In September 2021, British Airways launched its sustainability programme, BA Better World. This commits to put sustainability at the heart of everything the carrier does. The programme lays out a clear roadmap to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

British Airways is a founding member of the airline alliance oneworld, which serves around 1,000 destinations across the globe.

British Airways flies to destinations in more than 75 countries. Its principal place of business is London, with its main home at Heathrow Terminal 5.

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