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23 Feb 2017 - Sunwing Airlines announces renewal of cadet program at University of Waterloo

Sunwing Airlines announced today 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.

The news was shared today 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-Waterloo.

Conceived in partnership with the University of Waterloo - an academic institution known for its 'hands on' learning in cooperation with industries – just under a third of the degree requirements are focused on the aviation component which is delivered by Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. Overall, the 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. Graduates complete their degrees with strong academic qualifications in addition to flight skills. The workload of the university courses undertaken and the flight training is equivalent to a double major.

Captain Hudson commented, "Attracting high-calibre graduates 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 hired four of them as First Officers upon completion of their studies. We expect to be able to hire similar number of graduates next year."

Once licensed to fly the 737-800 aircraft, the graduates follow Sunwing Airlines' continuous program of line indoctrination for approximately 200 flying hours and also receive mentoring to ensure that they achieve their career goals. During the 2016/2017 academic year, the airline also partnered with Seneca College on a similar program and was able to hire two cadets as a result of the partnership; which will also be renewed for the coming academic year.

The Sunwing cadet program will recommence in July 2017.

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About Sunwing

As Canada's #1 to the sun and North America's largest vertically integrated travel company, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from over 34 airports across Canada to over 50 popular sun destinations. This scale enables Sunwing to negotiate the best deals and exclusive deals from Canada to the U.S., Caribbean, Central America and Europe with a variety of experiences perfect for families, adults & luxury vacations. Along with providing their customers with a host of exclusive perks at preferred resorts, the tour operator also works closely with leading cruise lines to offer fly, cruise & stay packages. Renowned for its award-winning service, Sunwing is consistently voted the #1 leisure airline by travel agents and is the perennial winner of the Consumer Choice Award. When customers travel with Sunwing, they can also look forward to perks such as a buy on board menu of light meals and snacks (including kids' choices) inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford.

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Rachel Goldrick

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Sunwing Airlines

T: 416 679 3768