Pilot Careers

Air New Zealand offers subsidised pilot training for cadets

Air New Zealand ATR
Air New Zealand ATR

Yet another airline has decided it’s time to pay for the training of its pilots. This time it’s Air New Zealand which is launching its first ever Mangopare* Pilot Cadetship.

The cadetship launched today (12 June 2024) and is open for applications from New Zealanders. The initial cohort of 30 cadets will start training  from September 2024 with the course expected to take 14 months.

Air New Zealand will cover the majority of costs, including training and living expenses. Successful candidates will be expected to fund 20% to 30% of costs.

Air New Zealand has partnered with Ansett Aviation Training and AeroGuard Flight Training Centre to deliver a customised cadetship. Cadets will receive flight training in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and then go to Dubai, United Arab Emirates for simulator training to become type-rated on the ATR72-600 turboprop aircraft.

Once qualified, successful cadets will have a pathway to employment as an Air New Zealand pilot.

Air New Zealand video

Air New Zealand Chief Operational Integrity and Safety Officer Captain David Morgan said, “Air New Zealand is taking this proactive step to fund the majority of the training costs for 30 cadets. The programme not only opens the door for individuals from all backgrounds to consider a career as a pilot but also provides an expedited training pathway.

“We also know airlines around the world are already having to ground aircraft and cancel flights due to a lack of pilots. While these shortages have yet to impact Air New Zealand, we could see this change quickly if we aren’t proactive now.

“In New Zealand, air travel is crucial in connecting Kiwis with each other and the world, as well as transporting high-value goods that contribute to our economy. We play an important role in ensuring we have the pilots needed to keep our aircraft flying.”

Applications for the Mangopare Air New Zealand Pilot Cadetship are open now until 8 July. Click here for full details, including the eligibility criteria and online application form.

*Mangopare: The Mangopare is an artistic Māori design and represents the hammerhead shark, a symbol of strength, courage and power.


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