Harry Lota, 28, who grew up in Leeds, will be a qualified pilot by 2020 after completing his apprenticeship at the Leeds-based budget airline.
Jet2's new Boeing arrives in Leeds from SeattleHarry was also an air cadet who used to watch planes passing over his Headingley home as a youngster. He studied aviation technology at the University of Leeds and flew light aircraft at Sherburn Aero Club.“My legs were like jelly when I got the call telling me I had got onto the scheme. I was ecstatic, it was such a relief as all my hard work and dedication had paid off. There was only ever one airline for me and that was Jet2. Growing up, I lived under the flight path at Headingley and I would watch the aircraft all day, dreaming one day that I would be at the controls and now that dream could soon be a reality.”He will now begin a 12-month training course, which includes modules in how cabin crew operate to ensure pilots have an insight into all areas of operations.