Monarch Airlines has once again turned to airline pilot training and resourcing company CTC Aviation to supply first officers for its operations.

When CTC Aviation began training airline pilots in 1995, Monarch Airlines was the very first airline to employ their graduates. By 2011, almost one quarter of Monarch’s current pilot workforce had been chosen from the CTC WINGS placement pool of newly-qualified, ‘whitetail’ pilots. 2011 was also the year that saw the two organisations collaborate to launch the CTC Wings Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) Route in partnership with Monarch Airlines (originally launched as Monarch Wings) – training aspiring pilots with little or no experience, specifically for A320 operations with Monarch Airlines.

In September, Monarch Airlines confirmed a further requirement for CTC Aviation graduates. For this latest intake, the airline has committed to employ graduates of both the CTC Wings ATPL integrated whitetail route, as well the CTC Takeoff professional pilot training course and the CTC Flexicrew ATP Programme. Pilots who complete their airline pilot training through CTC Wings are put forward for airline placement by CTC’s dedicated graduate placement team towards the end of their training. Those on the Takeoff and CTC Flexicrew programmes have the opportunity to be put forward for airline placement, subject to completing CTC’s Airline Qualification Course (AQC), which is embedded within CTC Wings. The AQC course is airline-focused and forms the necessary foundations required for subsequent aircraft type rating, line training and line operations.

The newly appointed Monarch Airlines pilots will secure a permanent First Officer position within the airline. They will begin type rating training at CTC Aviation in October and will be ready for operational flying on the airline’s Airbus A320 out of one of Monarch’s six UK bases by January 2016.

Ken Gillespie, Head of Pilot Training for Monarch Airlines commented: “Our future growth plan suggests that we will have a continued requirement for newly qualified pilots, so we are confident that there will be even more opportunities on offer in the near future.” (For further industry comment on job opportunities with the airlines, see the ‘Go Commercial!’ suplement in the October edition of Pilot magazine.)

Those interested in discovering more about becoming an airline pilot can contact CTC Aviation’s Airline Pilot Careers Advice Team at, or visit CTC Aviation holds free Airline Pilot Careers Events for aspiring pilots and their families every month at its Crew Training Centre – Southampton. To discover more and register to attend a careers event, visit

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