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Jet2.com pledges to Help Heroes

17th March 2011

Jet2.com is pledging to support the heroes who have fought for our country by helping them to consider whether a move to the world of commercial aviation could be right for them.

The airline hosted an exclusive seminar for service pilots who are looking to leave the forces at The Aviation Academy and onboard one of its 757 aircraft at Leeds Bradford Airport. Following recent news reports of the 5,000 redundancies being imposed on the RAF after the government’s defence review, the session allowed the service pilots to discuss options of how they could continue their flying careers with a commercial airline.

Managing Director of Jet2.com, Ian Doubtfire, and the airline’s Human Resources Director, Richard Chambers, provided informative presentations to the group. The service pilots had the opportunity to pose questions about the selection process and the different opportunities with Jet2.com before visiting the flight deck of the 757 aircraft.

Jet2.com already employs 49 ex-service men and women across its eight regional bases.

Ryan McNaught is currently in training to be a pilot for Jet2.com:

“Prior to undertaking the Jet2.com training programme, I served in the Royal Air Force for over 16 years. I was based at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and had postings to a number of destinations including Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq.

“I’m just so pleased I can combine my love of flying with a career with a great, commercial airline. My training has been in depth and I’m sure I will have a long and happy career with Jet2.com.”

MD of Jet2.com, Ian Doubtfire, said:

“It was fantastic to meet so many brave service pilots. The job they do is truly inspiring and I hope they found the session useful, as we really enjoyed conducting it.

“With the news of potentially huge redundancies in the armed forces over the coming years, it’s a tough time for many of them - but there are options. I look forward to welcoming more ex-service men and women to the friendly team at Jet2.com in the near future.”

Jet2.com is currently undergoing a period of rapid expansion including commencing flying from its eighth base at Glasgow on 31st March, and introducing 26 new routes and 12 brand new destinations across its bases for summer 2011. To help meet theses ambitious growth plans Jet2.com is in the process of recruiting 140 pilots. This will bring the total number of pilots employed by Jet2.com to 356 - a growth of 117% on the previous year.

Those interested in exploring career opportunities with the North’s leisure airline should visit  www.Jet2.com/careers  

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