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Will Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia or Singapore Airlines take in private students?
Pilot Career - Becoming a Pilot
Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:17

Hi Captain Lim

My name is Faris Putra. I'm 19 years old. Soon I will be joining APFT in Kota Baru, Malaysia as a privately funded student pilot.

Sir, are there any possibility for me to join the major airlines such as Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia or Singapore Airlines after I have graduated from the academy?

I have heard that the airlines only take in new pilots from their own sponsorship/cadet pilot program only.

And lastly, is it true that there are many privately funded students in Malaysia that are still jobless after their graduation from their respective flying academies?

Thank you.

Faris


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Hi Faris,

If you have gone through many of the answers in the pilot career FAQ in this site, I have mentioned that many airlines prefer their own sponsored cadet pilots. This is because they are selected from their own rigorous assessment programs and they would only choose their best candidates. Although the entry requirement is within the reach of many pilot wannabes, it is a very costly investment (at between RM250, 000.00 to RM280, 000 .00 per student)

So if you are a privately sponsored pilot, your chances of getting into the airlines are very slim unless you are very good. Even that, it is not assured for the reasons mentioned above. Sometimes in the past when the economy was not very good, airlines have been picking up the good graduates to save cost.

Looking at the latest news in the Star which reported that about 500 pilot graduates are still jobless I am not sure if the airlines are looking at these graduates.

I wish you all the best.


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