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JetBlue announces pilot training program, no prior experience required

JetBlue announces pilot training program, no prior experience required Mashable We're using cookies to improve your experience. Click Here to find out more. Mashable Mashable Mashable Australia Mashable France Mashable India Mashable UK Sign in Like Follow Follow Mashable see more  > Search Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop More Channels Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop Company About Us Licensing & Reprints Archive Mashable Careers Contact Contact Us Submit News Advertise Advertise Legal Privacy Policy Terms of Use Cookie Policy Apps iPhone / iPad Android Resources Subscriptions Sites Mashable Shop Job Board Social Good Summit World Like Follow Follow JetBlue announces new pilot training program, no experience required 1.3k Shares Share Tweet Share What's This? Image: Associated Press By Jessica Plautz 2016-03-07 17:24:55 UTC JetBlue  announced Monday it is taking applications for 24 spots in a new pilot training program. Aside from the limited number of spots, the training also won't come cheap: The four-year program will cost about $125,000 per person. SEE ALSO: Adventurer pilots her 1942 open-cockpit biplane from Britain to Sydney The Gateway Select training program is a partnership with pilot training business  CAE . "We believe this is going to be an important part of how airlines are going to create pilots in the future," Nick Leontidis, president of CAE, told the Associated Press. Although no aviation experience is required, the airline will be "highly selective" in choosing trainees. "Applicants will undergo a series of assessments aimed at identifying those who demonstrate the qualities needed to become a high-performing pilot," the airline announced. The intensive four-year program will put pilot trainees through a series of courses, including "fundamentals of aviation" at JetBlue University in Orlando, core flying skills, FAA licensing, and instructing newer recruits while racking up the FAA-required 1,500 flight hours. The airline will be "highly selective" in choosing trainees. Warren Christie, JetBlue's senior vice president of safety and training, says the program won't replace the airline's traditional pipelines for pilots, many of whom come from smaller airlines. JetBlue hired more than 300 pilots last year, and a group of 30 new hires just started training last week, he says. When all of the training program requirements are completed, pilots will become a new hire, the airline says, and begin orientation standard for Embraer E190 first officers complete. Applications are open now, and the first group will begin in late summer 2016. Starting pay for an E190 first officer is $40,798.80 . Additional reporting by the Associated Press Topics: Travel , airline pilots , jetblue , Travel & Leisure , World About Us Jobs Advertise Subscribe Privacy Terms Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2005-2016 Mashable, Inc. Reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited. All Rights Reserved. Designed in collaboration with Code & Theory