Wizz Air has launched a new programme that provides Wizz Air’s cabin crew who wish to become pilots financial, travel and accommodation support, as well as a tailored work and study schedule.

    Wizz Air says that with this programme, it aims to support ambitious crew members on their journey to the flight deck and pioneer gender equality in aviation.

    “We are excited to be launching the industry-leading Cabin Crew to Captain programme dedicated to Wizz flight attendants, whose dream it is to become pilots”, captain Darwin Triggs, head of flight operations and chief pilot at Wizz Air commented.

    “It is a great opportunity for them to develop their career and grow within the company, as the airline continues expanding its fleet and route network. We believe that this programme will also support gender equality in aviation and its sustainable growth.”

    Kick-starting careers

    The programme, which takes 40 months, offers existing crew members based in Hungary, Romania, Poland and Bulgaria with little to no flying experience the opportunity to obtain a commercial pilot license and kick-start their pilot careers while remaining an integral part of the Wizz team.

    The carrier aims to make the programme available to more cabin crew by extending it to additional base countries within its network in the coming monts.

    The airline says cadets will be able to rotate between work and study on a monthly basis to ensure a comfortable standard of living while studying. Those who finish their flight training have the perspective of building a career at the airline while obtaining high-quality education in line with Wizz standards.

    Wizz Air says the programme has been launched to nurture talent and diversity within the organisation, as well as support Wizz Air’s broader commitment to reaching 25% female representation in the flight deck by 2030.

    Wizz Air’s Cabin Crew to Captain programme video can be viewed here.