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Cebu Pacific Opens Applications For 2Nd Batch Of Cadet Pilots

Dubai, UAE, March 7, 2018: Cebu Pacific (CEB), the largest carrier of the Philippines, brings a remarkable opportunity for Filipino expats in the UAE keen on pursuing a career in aviation as it starts accepting applications for the second batch of cadet-pilots. CEB will recruit 16 candidates to join its corps of pilots, after completing a 56-week training program, including 52 weeks at Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) in Australia, in a “study now, pay later” scheme. The airline is seeking to tap the vast pool of talented professionals working in the UAE, which is home to over 900,000 Filipinos. The Cebu Pacific Cadet Pilot Program is a 56-week program that recruits candidates from ab initio, and puts them on a 56-week integrated flying training; flight theory and education course to become licensed Commercial Pilots. After completion of the program, the cadet-pilots become First Officers at CEB, and join the corps of aviators at Cebu Pacific, flying domestic and international routes. The program is open to Filipinos who are college graduates, proficient in English and hold passports valid for at least two years prior to the start of the program. The cadet-pilots need not worry about expenses related to the flight training, as CEB will shoulder the cost first, and amortize the payment for the course while they are employed. The entire program will be financed by Cebu Pacific, with successful cadet-pilots guaranteed employment with CEB upon graduation. They will then reimburse the cost of the program through salary deduction over a maximum of ten years at zero-interest. The application process begins with an online pre-screening, followed by an on-site screening for core skills and pilot aptitude tests, among other examinations where a fee of AED1,219 (about PHP17,000) will be charged. FTA will screen and shortlist all the candidates. Cebu Pacific and FTA will then jointly select the final Cadet Pilots through a final interview and deliberation. After completing pre-departure training in the Philippines, the cadet-pilots are then sent to the FTA campus in Adelaide, Australia for 52 weeks. There, they will undergo learning modules and training and earn diplomas in Aviation. The cadet-pilots then train in a flight simulator, and then to flying an actual aircraft, to complete the licensing requirements to become a Commercial Pilot. After 52 weeks in FTA, they return to Manila for a four-week training to obtain a Pilot’s License under the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. The first batch of CEB Cadet Pilots is already going through the process of completing their requirements and pre-departure training. They are set to depart for FTA by April 2018. Interested applicants may apply for the pre-screening via Applicants will be notified by email regarding their application status.

About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB) Cebu Air Inc. is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline. CEB currently offers flights to 37 domestic and 26 international destinations, operating an extensive network across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the US. Its 61-strong fleet—one of the youngest in the world— is comprised of 36 Airbus A320, 8 Airbus A330, 8 ATR 72-500, and 9 ATR 72-600. Between 2018 and 2022, CEB expects delivery of seven more brand-new Airbus A321ceo, 32 Airbus A321neo, and seven ATR 72-600. For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit or call the reservation hotlines or call the reservation hotlines +971 4 354-5777 (Dubai) or +971 2 610-5211/+971 2 633-8700 (Abu Dhabi). The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook ( pages. Guests may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play.


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