Hamilton flight school lands coup with British Airways deal
By Pattrick Smellie
Aug 11 (BusinessDesk) – Hamilton-based flight school CTC Aviation Ltd. has won a major coup against international competitors to train British Airways cadet pilots, in what chief executive Ian Calvert calls “a huge deal actually.”
“It’s hard for New Zealanders to understand. For B.A. to choose us to do their training is quite a milestone. They’re very particular,” Calvert told BusinessDesk.
CTC already has contracts with budget carriers Jetstar and Easyjet, with capacity to handle more than 200 cadet pilots’ training a year.
The company also has a U.K. base, but the B.A. cadets will do their practical flight instruction out of Hamilton.
The firm is sharing an annual intake of 100 cadets with two other international providers, and a CTC subsidiary already has the contract to manage the whole B.A. pilot training infrastructure.