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Finnair seeks 100+ new pilots – no experience necessary

The Finnish flag carrier, coming off its most profitable quarter ever, will hire over 100 pilots as well as hundreds of flight attendants and stewards.

Finnair Airbus A350 XWB
One of Finnair's wide-bodied Airbus A350 XWB jets. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

Finnair has begun recruiting more than 100 new pilots. The national carrier is looking for both experienced pilots and people with no aviation experience.

Beginners selected in the process will be invited to enrol in a two-year course at the Finnish Aviation Academy in Pori or Finnair's 18-month Multi-Pilot License training programme in Tampere carried out with Patria Pilot Training, part of a state-owned defence contractor.

For experienced pilots, the airline will arrange co-pilot training and specific training in the types of aircraft in its fleet, now mostly Airbus jets along with a few smaller Embraer and ATR planes. Some may be able to begin working as co-pilots next year.

Record-breaking sales

The recruitment comes as Finnair enjoys exceptional growth, driven by its Asian routes. It posted record profits in the second quarter, rising to 38 million euros compared to three million in the same period of last year. Turnover leapt by 11 percent to 633 million euros.

Finnair will be accepting applications until the end of August. The selection process may take up to nine months.

In May the flag carrier announced it was hiring 350 new flight attendants and stewards. Cabin crew training begins in September.

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