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CTC Aviation Hamilton on growth curve with new business

Press Release – CTC Aviation Training

CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited, one of the world’s leading flight training schools for airline pilots based in Hamilton, is experiencing strong business growth on the back of some significant international contracts.25 November 2011

CTC Aviation Hamilton on exciting growth curve with new business

Hamilton, New Zealand – CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited, one of the world’s leading flight training schools for airline pilots based in Hamilton, is experiencing strong business growth on the back of some significant international contracts.

The latest agreement to be signed boosting training activity at the Hamilton training centre, is a long-term contract with Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) to train all their new pilots. The agreement follows new business from British Airways and Monarch Airlines in the last few months.

Chief Executive Officer of CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited, Captain Ian Calvert says the relationship with RBA is an exciting new phase for CTC.

“Royal Brunei Airlines has long been held as a premier airline in the South East Asian region and we are honoured to be able to train their next generation of pilots. The selection of CTC as RBA’s chosen training provider is another demonstration of the growing recognition among the world’s airlines of the quality training provided by our company.”

In recent weeks CTC has spent considerable time in China and India where there are further opportunities for business growth.

Last month, Monarch Airlines – one of the UK’s largest operators – and CTC Aviation announced a new partnership to deliver Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) training together. Monarch and CTC have a long-standing relationship and almost one quarter of Monarch’s current pilot workforce are graduates of CTC’s cadet training programme, “CTC Wings”. Monarch has selected CTC to exclusively supply all their future cadet pilots under a newly launched cadet training programme – “Monarch Wings.” The new Monarch pilots will complete their initial MPL training in Hamilton.

“Our reputation for providing the highest quality of training for both airlines and aspiring pilots is well known across the globe – the challenge for us now is to ensure we have the number of airline pilots coming through our system to meet this ever increasing demand. If ever there was a time for young men and women to consider a career as an airline pilot it is now,” says Captain Calvert.

In August this year, CTC signed a prestigious long-term agreement with British Airways to manage the whole of the airline’s new ‘Future Pilot Programme’. Cadets selected by CTC and British Airways will undergo training at CTC’s United Kingdom and New Zealand training centres, each spending approximately 8 months at the Hamilton facility.

Also in August, CTC Hamilton took delivery of four additional training aircraft. Inspection visits by Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Dragon Air and a proposed visit in late November by ANA of Japan all indicate strong desire by these airlines to have CTC involved in their pilot selection and training to support their planned growth.

Captain Calvert says if the business growth continues as expected for CTC’s operation, there will be a need to consider an expansion of facilities.

“We don’t wish to get too far ahead of ourselves, but it is likely we will need to consider additional facilities here in New Zealand and possibly also further afield.”

About CTC Aviation Group plc

CTC is a global leader in aviation training and management solutions. As an Approved Training Organisation (TRTO and FTO) we train between 1200 and 1900 aircrew for more than 50 global airlines each year. Our UK and NZ based Crew Training Centres house state-of-the-art Airbus and Boeing simulators, hi-tech Computer Based Training facilities and a fleet of the latest, modern technology training aircraft; all supported by one of the most experienced teams of Training Captains and Instructors worldwide.

Our portfolio spans the full spectrum of airline training and resourcing requirements; pilots and cabin crew; basic licence and ATPL training, type rating training, command and non-technical skills through to TRE Standardisation; ground school, simulator provision and line training; management and consultancy support; start ups, conversions and recurrent.

Airline clients include Air New Zealand, Air Malawi, Air Seychelles, British Airways, Eagle Airways, easyJet, easyJet Suisse, flydubai,, Jetstar and Jetstar Pacific, Monarch Airlines, NetJets, Oman Air, Royal Brunei Airlines, spiceJet, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

“CTC Wings” is a unique, comprehensive programme of developmental training for tomorrow’s airline pilots. The CTC Wings Cadet route takes individuals with no flying experience all the way to the right hand seat of a commercial airliner in approximately two years.

“CTC TAKEOFF” is a comprehensive range of accessible and affordable JAA / EASA modular courses ranging from ME CPL/IR through to MCC and type rating.

“CTC FlexiCrew” is an initiative to provide flexible yet quality resourcing solutions for both the airline industry and qualified pilots, including experienced instructors and examiners.

CTC Aviation Jet Services Limited, the company’s private jet management division offers a personalised service for private jet owners around the world seeking a bespoke and total solution to managing and operating their fleet.

CTC holds UK CAA JAA/EASA TRTO and FTO/ATO Approval and is also recognised by various regulators worldwide. or


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