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Air Dolomiti grows in Verona and launches the Flying Academy project to train new pilots

Air Dolomiti, an airline in the Lufthansa Group, announces investments and a growth plan that includes the hiring of new personnel.

The airline, strongly rooted in the Verona territory, is planning to introduce new equipment – they currently have 12 operational units - which will bring the fleet to a total of 26.
The arrival of new aeroplanes will take place gradually from January 2019 through 2023 and it will open up the doors to hundreds of new hires, both of flight crew and ground support personnel.

In particular, for flying personnel, a cutting-edge programme is planned which has never before been done in Italy: the conception of an Air Dolomiti Flying Academy, thanks to which, new pilots will be trained, in cooperation with Lufthansa Aviation Training and the “European Flight Academy - EFA”.
Air Dolomiti will finance it in part, offering scholarships to allow the cadets to take on a training curriculum. An agreement is in the conclusive stages with a major banking institute in order to provide assistance to the aspiring pilots.

The airline is investing in finding young people who want to embark on this path, offering them ad hoc training that includes passing an initial screening with specific tests such as the DLR in Hamburg, Germany in English and psychological and behavioural tests to then continue preparation in compliance with the Lufthansa Group standards.

In the programme, which will last two years, the aspiring first officers will need to obtain all the licences and qualifications to be able to man the cockpit of the Embraer 195, the Air Dolomiti 120-passenger jet. The only restriction: they must stay with the company for at least five years. The first selections will take place in 2019, but candidates can already send their CVs by going to:​

Air Dolomiti will support the programme financially with the intention of finding motivated and skilled young people who are willing to take advantage of this great opportunity” said Joerg Eberhart, President & CEO of Air Dolomiti. He went on to say “Becoming a pilot is often a dream that never comes true for economic reasons, because it is very costly to obtain the license. I am sure that there are many talented young people who deserve to have an opportunity. Italy is a nation filled with potential and I hope that our idea is received with enthusiasm.”

Also partnering in the project is the Verona University, with which Air Dolomiti is drafting an agreement in order to be able to offer the future pilots a university curriculum upon completion of the Flying Academy. Collaboration with the University is the foundation for a continuing and broader partnership in the future.

Under the umbrella of the European Flight Academy, the new Flying Academy benefits from the many years of experience of market leader, Lufthansa Aviation Training, the sole training provider for cockpit and cabin crews of the Lufthansa Group. Under the European Flight Academy (EFA) brand, Lufthansa Aviation Training bundles all Lufthansa Group flight schools. Graduates meet the high standards of Lufthansa Group airlines and have exclusive access to their internal job market.

Air Dolomiti's plan is a sign of growth that is certainly positive for the Verona territory and an important contribution that the airline offers in the training of qualified professional figures, creating job opportunities as well as a positive trend in the sector in Italy.

With the Flying Academy, Air Dolomiti opens the doors to all those who have a great passion for flying and want to join an airline that is well known all over Europe as a professional and reliable organisation.