Germany: Lufthansa turns pilot training upside down

Bombardier CRJ-900 (Photo. Jan Gruber).
Bombardier CRJ-900 (Photo. Jan Gruber).

Germany: Lufthansa turns pilot training upside down

Bombardier CRJ-900 (Photo. Jan Gruber).
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The Lufthansa Group announced on Wednesday that the training of pilots as part of the “ReNew” program will be realigned. Previously, the discontinuation of the training at the Bremen location caused a stir and brocked the group numerous lawsuits .

The largest airline in Germany assumes that the need for new hires has disappeared due to the pandemic. It will take some time to recover. Therefore, one now wants to revise the training concept and emphasize that one “will stick to the principle of ab initio training that has been tried and tested for decades”. However, one wants to rely on digital forms of training and selection processes in the future. "These enable more needs-based training for the various airlines in the Lufthansa Group and take account of fluctuations in demand in air traffic," said the crane in a broadcast.

“In the greatest crisis in global aviation, we in the Lufthansa Group have to put everything to the test - including our decades-old training concept for our pilots. This has enabled us to set the highest and globally recognized quality standards for the selection and training of our cockpits over the past decades. While maintaining these quality standards, we want to modernize the proven concept, make it more efficient and reliable and lead it into a new era with digital modules. At the same time, we are shaking hands with our current student pilots, because the new criteria give them the chance to find a job in the cockpit of our airlines again at a later date. The development of the new campus model is a good example of how we are modernizing Lufthansa with our corporate program ReNew by making structures up-to-date, better and at the same time more efficient, ”says Lufthansa COO Detlef Kayser.

The consequence of this is that in the future mainly theoretical parts of the training will be taught at the Bremen location. However, the practice is to be relocated to the Rostock-Laage location. "The recruiting of the trained flight students will then - depending on the demand situation of the respective flight operator - take place after the training by the various airlines of the Lufthansa Group", says Lufthansa. "In view of the currently non-existent prospect of a cockpit workstation within the Lufthansa Group, the Group's training division, Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT), offered all flight students in the past year to complete their training at no cost or to continue their training at another flight school." .

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