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Patria has signed a five-year agreement with Qatar Airways to train their new pilots. The training will be based on Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) program, which was tailored by Patria for Qatar Airways.

Despite current challenges in aviation, Patria has continued its training activities throughout the whole season. Thanks to this, Patria has maintained its capability to enroll cadets from Qatar Airways, and start training activities in Patria´s training bases in Finland and Spain once required. In addition to their flight training, Qatar Airways Cadets will also receive a Bachelor´s Degree as part of their studies.

“Our MPL training agreement with Qatar Airways is instrumental to Patria´s success in international pilot training growth strategy. Qatar Airways is among the largest and most awarded airlines in the world. We at Patria are very proud to have Qatar Airways as our customer,” says Jyrki Myyryläinen, Director of Patria’s Pilot Training.

“Our partnership with Patria will offer Qatar Airways’ cadet pilots the highest levels of training and qualification, preparing them for their pivotal role in the future as Qatar Airways pilots. This strategic agreement marks the World’s Best Airline’s commitment to providing cadet pilots with industry-leading training programmes,” says Qatar Airways Chief Flight Operations Officer, Captain Jassim Abdulla H. Saleh.

Further information: Mikko Paronen, Vice President Sales, Pilot Training, Patria, tel. +358 40 869 3113, [email protected]

Patria is an international provider of defence, security and aviation life cycle support services, pilot training and technology solutions. Patria provides its aerospace and military customers with equipment availability, continuous performance development as well as selected intelligence, surveillance and management system products and services. Patria’s mission is to give its customers confidence in all conditions, and the vision is to be the #1 partner for critical operations on land, sea and air. Patria has several locations including Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Estonia and Spain. Patria employs 3,000 professionals. Patria is owned by the State of Finland (50.1%) and Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (49.9%). Patria owns 50% of Norwegian Nammo, and together these three companies form a leading Nordic defence partnership.  www.patriagroup.com

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times. www.qatarairways.com

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