Sunwing announces renewal of cadet program with University of Waterloo
Toronto Sunwing Airlines announced that it would be renewing its cadet program with the University of Waterloo . Established last year, the degree program resulted in the successful hire of four graduates as First Officers by Sunwing Airlines in July 2016.
Captain John Hudson and First Officer Chelsea Anne Edwards flew the Sunwing aircraft into Waterloo Airport for the UW/WWFC event.
The news was shared by Captain John Hudson, Manager of Standards for Sunwing Airlines , at a press conference at the Region of Waterloo International Airport to mark the first commercial flight operated by one of the recently - hired cadets, First Officer Chelsea Anne Edwards, under the supervision of Captain Hudson; flight number Sunwing flight WG422 from Sudbury to Kitchener - Wa terloo.
Conceived in partnership with the
University of Waterloo
an academic institution
in cooperation with industries
just under a third
of the degree requirements are focussed
on the aviation component
which is deli
vered by Wellington Waterloo Flight Centre.
program enables graduates to develop strong skills in time management, critical thinking,
professionalism, technology, leadership and interpersonal skills that are essential on a flight deck.
ates complete their degrees with strong academic qualifications in addition to flight skills. The
workload of the university courses
and the flight training is equivalent to a double major.
John Hudson commented, “Attracting high calibre gradua
tes to join our flight team is essential to our
growth and success as an airline. We were extremely pleased with the performance of the cadets that
graduated from the program this summer and hire
four of them as First Officers upon completion of
dies. We expect to be able to hire similar number of graduates next year.”
licensed to fly the 737
800 aircraft, the graduates follow Sunwing Airlines’
continuous program of
200 flying hours and also receive mento
ring to ensure that they
achieve their career goals. During the 2016/2017academic year the airline also partnered with Seneca
College on a similar program
was able to hire two cadets as a result of the partnership; which will
also be renewed for the co
ming academic year. The Sunwing cadet program will recommence in July 2017.