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RYANAIR launches new pilot training programme with AVIOMAR Flight Academy


Ryanair, today (20 Feb) officially launched its major training partnership with Aviomar Flight Academy to deliver a Ryanair mentored programme in Rome. This partnership will ensure Ryanair continues to attract highly trained professional pilots to support its growth across Europe.

The programme, which commenced in October 2019, gives trainee pilots a structured path to achieve an exceptional training course and reach a standard where they are ready to join the Ryanair Boeing 737 Type Rating programme.

Pilots on the programme will be trained by Aviomar Flight Academy instructors, using Ryanair procedures, as they take their first steps towards becoming Ryanair pilots. Over the course of the next 4/5 years, up to 400 new pilots from across Europe will be recruited and trained by Aviomar Flight Academy, underlining its respected position in the pilot training market. Newly trained pilots who commence their ab-initio training now will start their careers with Ryanair from early 2022.

Ryanair offers unparalleled career opportunities for new pilots, with:

  • 82 bases
  • Industry leading training standards and success rates
  • The best rosters in European aviation – 5 days on, followed by 4 days off
  • Outstanding earnings potential
  • Fastest time to command upgrade (3 to 4 years)
  • Structured command upgrade programme

Ryanair’s Director of Operations, Neal McMahon said:

“Ryanair is pleased to announce this training partnership with Aviomar Flight Academy, which has an impressive track record in training top-class pilots to the highest standards. This new training programme is Ryanair’s only mentored pilot programme in Southern Europe, and this partnership highlights our commitment to supporting, developing and recruiting pilots for current and future positions. With hundreds of daily Ryanair flights into Italy, we expect students from across Europe to avail of Ryanair’s low fares and enrol in Aviomar Flight Academy’s Ryanair Mentored pilot training programme.”

Ryanair’s Head of Crew Training, Senan O’Shea said:

“This new Ryanair-Aviomar Flight Academy programme will provide the airline with a steady pipeline of talented and professional pilots from around Europe to meet the needs of our growing network. Trainee pilots can look forward to unmatched opportunities flying with the world’s number one international airline.

After careful consideration, we have chosen Aviomar Flight Academy as our Italy based pilot training partner due to their continuous high standards in initial flight training and APS MCC. We are pleased to lend our operational expertise to Aviomar Flight Academy, especially in the provision of what will be an outstanding Ryanair Mentored Programme. This combination will be the best possible preparation for an airline career with Ryanair.”

Ryanair’s Pilot Recruitment Coordinator, Angelo Currao said:

“With innovative industry partnerships and our unrivalled in-house pilot training, Ryanair is well positioned to meet pilot recruitment and training targets and grow its aircraft fleet to 585 by financial year 2025. Ryanair is delighted to welcome Aviomar Flight Academy as our first pilot training partner in Italy.”

Aviomar Flight Academy’s General Manager Michele Marano said:

“Aviomar Flight Academy is proud to be Ryanair’s first training partner in Italy for both integrated and modular students. Future pilots will also be able to complete an industry leading APS MCC on a state of the art B737 fixed base Simulator. Aviomar Flight Academy was the first Approved Training Organisation to launch APS MCC in Italy and this exciting new partnership with Ryanair further endorses the value-add attributed by airlines to this training.

Both Aviomar and Ryanair have a proud history in aviation, and we are excited to be partners in the next chapter in their ongoing success story. This is a unique and outstanding opportunity for our gradautes to become commercial airline pilots for the fastest growing airline in Europe. Ryanair has an industry leading training department with an unrivalled safety record and we are proud to be associated with them. This is a new approach to pilot training and one that we welcome enthusiastically.”

About Ryanair

Ryanair Holdings plc, Europe’s largest airline group, is the parent company of Buzz, Lauda, Malta Air & Ryanair DAC. Carrying over 154 m guests p.a. on more than 2,400 daily flights from 82 bases, the group connects over 200 destinations in 40 countries on a fleet of over 470 aircraft, with a further 210 Boeing 737’s on order, which will enable the Ryanair Group to lower fares and grow traffic to 200m p.a. by FY25. Ryanair has a team of over 19,000 highly skilled aviation professionals delivering Europe’s No.1 on-time performance, and an industry leading 34-year safety record. Ryanair is Europe’s greenest cleanest airline group and customers switching to fly Ryanair can reduce their CO₂ emissions by up to 50% compared to the other Big 4 EU major airlines.

About Aviomar Flight Academy

Aviomar Flight Academy is a leading EASA training organization located in Rome, Italy and was founded in 1982 by Capt. Riccardo Marano. The academy features a fleet of 18 aircraft, 4 simulators, and 42 instructors. As part of it’s recent investment plan, the academy has opened a brand new simulator training centre north of Rome which features 2 full-flight simulators (Boeing 737-800W and a Citation III/VII) as well as a static B737-based MPS simulator. Courses are delivered by highly experienced instructors on latest generation, type-specific simulators at a dedicated airline training centre in Rome.

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