New funding for KLM Flight Academy students


With help from KLM and the cooperation of ABN AMRO Bank, the KLM Flight Academy can now provide the opportunity to fund training at the KLM Flight Academy, providing a solution to students’ financial risk. This is excellent news for KLM and for anyone who would like to become an airline pilot.

Within the new structure, the KLM Flight Academy promises students that, if they do not find a job as a pilot at KLM within five years after completing the programme, a guarantee fund will clear their study debt at the bank. KLM and the KLM Flight Academy have set up the new construction to ensure a sufficient influx of new pilots. This year alone, KLM has accepted 143 graduates from the KLM Flight Academy.

In September 2016, it became impossible for any bank to finance the cost of pilot training. Intensive talks between KLM, the KLM Flight Academy, and ABN AMRO Bank have resulted in this new opportunity for KLM Flight Academy students.

We’re very happy about the new structure,The KLM Flight Academy is a highly valued training partner for our new pilots. In this way, we can ensure that the threshold for pilot training is lowered, and that’s an investment in the future on many fronts.
Bart de Vries, KLM Executive Vice President Flight Operations
We think it’s important that anyone with talent and ambition should be able to become an airline pilot, regardless of their family’s financial position,We’re very pleased that this is now possible.
John Hayward, directeur van KLM Flight Academy
We’re especially happy about the new arrangement with the KLM Flight Acadamy. This serves to safeguard the future of one of the world’s best pilot training schools. If any student is not offered a job in a KLM cockpit, they will no longer have to bear the financial risk.
Willem Schmid, vice-voorzitter van de Vereniging Nederlandse Verkeersvliegers

Want to become a pilot?
KLM gives preference to graduates of the KLM Flight Academy as it is a Dutch, high-grade school with a long history in training excellent airline pilots. Anyone who is interested can now sign up. The KLM Flight Academy is aiming to start its next class in November. This year, it is running two classes. For more details, please visit the KLM Flight Academy’s website at (in Dutch).