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BAA Training starts partnership with Small Planet Airlines
BAA Training, a European standard aviation training centre, widened its partners’ list for ab initio pilot training and started cooperation with Small Planet Airlines, one of the fastest growing independent leisure airlines in Europe. The main purpose of the partnership is to give an opportunity to those willing to become a pilot and support the airline with a sufficient number of pilots for the First Officer position. The agreement will cover 450 future pilots in the period of 2017-2025.
The Airline operates a fleet of 18 Airbus A320 and 4 Airbus A321 aircraft and is looking for aspiring future pilots to join their team at the beginning of 2018. The first stage of the partnership involves the program for people who already hold a private pilot licence (PPL(A)), have built flight time and passed all the ATPL theory exams. After a preselection process developed by BAA Training and Small Planet Airlines, one can start Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Piston as well as Commercial Pilot Licence modules (IR+MEP+CPL) and continue with Airbus A320 or A321 Type Rating needed for the airline. After a successful completion of these courses at BAA Training, candidates will be employed and offered to go forward with improving their professional skills at the airline.
“When aviation industry faces a great demand for pilots, we as an aviation academy are ready to take responsibility and support both parties by finding an airline which is willing to engage with future pilots from their first steps in aviation training as well as right candidates who comply with airline’s requirements and values,” explains Egle Vaitkeviciute, CEO of BAA Training.
An upcoming Small Planet Airlines Cadet Program will be yet another step in the company’s engagement with its future First Officers. A Cadet student will be granted the letter of engagement even before starting ATPL Integrated training; it means right after passing the preselection process at BAA Training aviation academy.  
“Small Planet Airlines is famous for strong values and culture. We are happy to announce the new Cadet program which will help us select and train entry pilots in our culture. Since we are going to continue growth to achieve our business ambition, we have a strong demand for pilots joining our airline“, says Kristijonas Kaikaris, CEO of Small Planet Airlines Lithuania.