BAA Training starts the partnership with SmartLynx Airlines launching the new Pilot Training program

BAA Training, a European standard aviation training centre, starts the partnership with SmartLynx Airlines in order to launch the new Pilot Cadet Program. The five-year agreement will ensure the job opportunities for a new, highly-qualified generation of pilots at the airline which seeks such professionals in order to be able to fulfil its ambitious plans for business expansion and company’s growth in the near future.

The SmartLynx Cadet Program students will be offered a conditional employment contract. They will undergo EASA* ATPL* integrated training program at BAA Training and will acquire the ATPL frozen license*. Successful candidates will progress to being co-pilots on the Airbus A320. “This is an amazing opportunity for future pilots that dream of flying. Our aviation academy’s goal is to provide the highest quality of training for every candidate, moreover, the potential job assurance is what makes this program so special,” noted Indre Sveistryte, Ab Initio Director at BAA Training.

The European Union’s leading ACMI* and full charter provider on Airbus 320 aircrafts, SmartLynx Airlines, is keen to attract the increased number and quality of pilots it needs as it enters a new phase of development this year and a very challenging business expansions plan.

„In recent years we are confronted with the shortage of pilots in aviation industry. That is the reason why we have signed a partnership contract with BAA Training Aviation Academy. Thus, Smartlynx will start to work with young-generation pilots, following their progress during all years of studies at BAA Training. All successful graduates assessed by SmartLynx will be offered the opportunity to undertake the type rating courses for Airbus A320 series by SmartLynx and, if finished it successfully, a job at Smartlynx Airlines. Soon enough we will also work on scholarship grants, as we all know how expensive aviation industry can get,“ said Zygimantas Surintas , CEO of Smartlynx Airlines.

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* Explanation of terms:

ACMI - Aircraft-Crew-Maintenance-Insurance

EASA - The European Aviation Safety Agency

ATPL - The Airline Transport Pilot License

frozen ATPL means that pilot has completed the qualification, acquired the ATPL, but needs to accumulate required amount of flight hours


About BAA Training:

BAA Training is a European standard aviation training centre, where the experience of tailored training solutions is wrapped up in personal care.

BAA Training headquarters is in Lithuania. The centre can be proud of over 20 years of experience in aviation training, while its predecessor can be traced back to 1938 – the establishment of the Lithuanian airlines training department. In addition to the training base in the headquarters, the centre also offers training solutions in various European, CIS and Asian locations.


About Smartlynx Airlines:

SmartLynx Airlines is a leading full-service ACMI (Aircraft-Crew-Maintenance-Insurance) and full charter provider in the EU with its headquarters being located in Riga. It also performs flight crew trainings.

The airline’s fleet consists of 12 Airbus A320 aircrafts and 1 Airbus 321 aircraft that ensure flights in Europe, Asia and Africa. In 2017 its fleet will be supplemented by two Airbus A320 and one Airbus 321 aircraft, while in 2018 the fleet will be further expanded reaching a total of 18 aircrafts.

SmartLynx flight crew members represent more than 17 nationalities, and the average experience of captains is above 5300 block hours and first officers — above 1900 block hours.

Overall the number of passengers transported by SmartLynx is rapidly increasing with every year — in 2015 it reached 1.6 million, and the airline expects that the number of passengers will exceed 2 million already in 2016. SmartLynx flight precision (On Time Performance) is constantly improving — in summer of 2016 this indicator reached 89% for all charter flights. The Company is rapidly growing and in 2016 expects the turnover to increase above 10%.


Information prepared by:

Ilva Priedniece

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

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