Istanbul : Turkish Airlines, flag carrier of Turkey ,employed 500 new pilots in 2018 and the number of new pilots is expected to reach 1,100 by the end of the year, the airline's Chief Executive Officer said.
Speaking at a ceremony, Bilal Ek i said 500 pilots, including 41 captains and 286 first officers, will be trained by the company, according to a press release issued on October 18.
"The fact that the majority of pilots are Turkish, shows the importance given by Turkish Airlines to the development of Turkey's aviation," he noted.
According to the statement, the flag carrier will have over 500 aircraft by 2023. Last year, the airline carried 68.6 million passengers with a 79.1 per cent seat occupancy rate.