airBaltic launches new aircraft maintenance technician academy


airBaltic, the Latvian national airline, has recently launched a new initiative called the airBaltic Technical Academy.  

The airBaltic Technical Academy has collaborated with Riga Technical University and Liepaja State Technical School to provide training facilities in Riga and Liepaja, where students can gain hands-on experience primarily with the Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The airline aims to recruit and train nearly 400 new aviation maintenance professionals by 2030, with an annual intake target of around 70 individuals. 

“We are continuously investing in the development of our team, ensuring that airBaltic maintains the highest standards with the best professionals and innovative technological solutions in technical maintenance,” Andris Vaivads, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at airBaltic, commented. “Skilled and well-trained professionals are key to the success of any airline, which is why we have launched the airBaltic Technical Academy.” 

The academy offers three distinct programs that cater to a diverse range of applicants, from graduates to trained mechanics: the RTU airBaltic Program, the LVT airBaltic Program, and the Mechanics Program.  

  • The RTU airBaltic program is a paid full-time onsite program in collaboration with Riga Technical University, leading to a professional bachelor’s degree in Aviation Transport and EASA Part-66 certification.  
  • The LVT airBaltic program is conducted in partnership with Liepaja State Technical School, offering a secondary vocational education degree and an EASA Part-66 certificate.  
  • The Mechanics Program is tailored for individuals with strong technical skills, offering paid training and employment towards EASA Part-66 certification as certified B1 and B2 technicians. 

All programs provide financial benefits, including salaries, comprehensive industry perks, and coverage of study and training expenses by airBaltic. Applications for all study groups are open until July 1, 2024. 

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