AirAsia Launches Cadet Pilot Program

Philippines AirAsia Inc. and Omni Aviation Corporation sign partnership for the Cadet Pilot Program on Wednesday, July 24. Standing L-R: Capt. Christopher Natividad, Chief Pilot for Flight Safety; FO Nicholas Serrano, Quality Assurance Manager; AirAsia Cabin Crew; Capt. Jasmine Timola and FO Bruce Melvin Tan, Line Pilots. Seated L-R: Capt. Eleazar Cayago, Omni Aviations Head of Training; Capt. Dexter Comendador, Philippines AirAsia CEO; Mr. Steven Virata, Omni Aviations COO; Capt. Nilo Oropesa, Chief Pilot for Operations

Aspiring commercial pilots are being given the opportunity to study worry-free and without fees as part of a new AirAsia Cadet Pilot Program launched today in the Philippines.

Inked between AirAsia and Omni Aviation Corporation, the program provides successful cadets with up to two years of technical and leadership training, with the aim of reaching the competencies required by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. AirAsia and Omni will also use the program to design and assess flight situations cadets might encounter upon graduation.

AirAsia Philippines President and CEO Captain Dexter M. Commendador said, “AirAsia has a proud history of having some of the best pilots in the Philippines. Through this program we will develop passionate Allstars and aspiring pilots, both men and women, into being the best. We’ve partnered with Omni Aviation, a leading Filipino training provider, to offer ten cadetships in the initial batches and the opportunity to embark on a new career with the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline.”

Omni President and COO Steven G. Virata said, “I am proud to be partnering with AirAsia to make dreams come true. Allow me to assure all cadets that you will be trained in a holistic manner in this program, which emphasises AirAsia’s culture of being competent pilots.”

AirAsia will cover the full training costs for Allstars (staff) and subsidies for non-employees who are accepted into the program. Upon completion, the cadets will reimburse any associated training costs.

Applications for the Allstars Cadet Pilot Program, including the application schedule and qualification requirements will be announced soon.

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