The first trainee pilots from British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy scheme, in partnership with Skyborne Airline Academy, have begun their studies. The initiative, announced in September 2023, offers fully sponsored training for prospective pilots. Training would have typically cost around £100,000 ($128,000), thus removing the financial barriers for budding pilots. “By removing training costs British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy levels the playing field for the best and brightest, driving change in our industry,” said Skyborne CEO Lee Woodward. “We’re incredibly proud that the Speedbird Pilot Academy is making a flying career a reality for everyone – making a genuine difference

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