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Sunwing establishes partnership with Mount Royal University on pilot cadet program

TORONTO, March 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunwing Airlines announced today that it has established a new partnership agreement with Mount Royal University and plans to hire its first graduates this coming summer.

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From left to right: Piyush Gandhi, Vice President Flight Operations for Sunwing Travel Group; Jeff Binks, Sunwing Captain; Elizabeth Evans, Dean of Mount Royal University's Faculty of Business and Communication Studies; Shane Workman, Senior Director Flight Operations for Sunwing Travel Group; Michael Simmons, Sunwing Assistant Chief Pilot; Deanna Wiebe, Aviation Program Chair for Mount Royal University.

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Mount Royal is the latest university that the airline has partnered with, and the first in Alberta, as part of its direct entry cadet program for Aviation graduates. Sunwing already has agreements in place with both the University of Waterloo and Seneca College in Ontario and has hired 24 graduates since the program was established in 2016.

Vice President of Flight Operations for Sunwing Airlines, Piyush Gandhi, commented on the news. “The decision to incorporate Mount Royal into our growing cadet program is a reflection on  both their strong track record within the field of Aviation education and the calibre of their graduates. We have had an extremely positive experience with the pilots that we have hired already through our cadet program and we have no doubt that this new partnership – also the first to be established outside of Ontario where our airline is based - will be a strong success.”

Elizabeth Evans, PhD, Dean of Mount Royal University's Faculty of Business and Communication Studies which includes the Aviation program also welcomed the news "With today’s signing, we are ensuring we keep this talent here by providing graduates with meaningful employment in Canada. Up to two of our graduates are only weeks away from the tremendous opportunity of joining Sunwing’s cadet program. This is a testament to the strength of Mount Royal’s Aviation program. Sunwing believes graduates have the right skills, knowledge and attitude to become First Officers.”

The Mount Royal Aviation Diploma stands out as it offers students the opportunity to graduate with both the academic qualifications and the in flight training needed to become a commercial airline pilot. Mount Royal University Aviation graduates have an average employment rate of 98 per cent. Once licensed to fly the aircraft, newly-hired graduates follow Sunwing Airlines’ continuous program of line indoctrination and receive mentoring to ensure that they achieve their career goals. Overall, the airline plans to hire between eight and ten new First Officers from its cadet program this coming year.

More information on careers within Sunwing Airlines can be found here. More information on the Mount Royal Aviation program can be found here.

About Sunwing

The largest integrated travel company in North America, Sunwing has more flights to the south than any other leisure carrier with convenient direct service from over 33 airports across Canada to over 45 popular sun destinations. This scale enables Sunwing to negotiate the best deals and exclusive offers at all of the top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Renowned for its award-winning service, Sunwing is consistently voted the top leisure airline by travel agents and is the perennial winner of the Consumer Choice Award. Customers can look forward to starting their vacation off in style with award-winning inflight service, which features a complimentary glass of sparkling wine*, tea and coffee and non-alcoholic beverage service; together with a buy on board menu of light meals and snacks (including kids’ choices) inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. For additional perks, including priority check-in, security line access** and boarding together with extra leg room seats and a complimentary 30kg luggage allowance on their first checked bag, customers can upgrade to Elite Plus from just $50 per sector. Sunwing customers also benefit from the assistance of the company’s own knowledgeable destination representatives, who greet them upon arrival and support them throughout their vacation journey.

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**Available at select Canadian airports

For all media enquiries, please contact:

Rachel Goldrick
Senior Corporate Communications Manager
Sunwing Vacations
1-800-387-5602 |

About Mount Royal

Mount Royal University is one of Canada's top destinations for undergraduate studies. It offers small class sizes and personalized student services within a scholarly community renowned for academic excellence and a focus on teaching and learning. Founded in 1910, Mount Royal remains dedicated to the success of its students. Today, over 14,000 students choose from 12 bachelor degrees and 33 majors. More than 100,000 Mount Royal alumni are contributing to their communities worldwide.

For further information, please contact:

Peter Glenn, Senior Media Relations Officer
Mount Royal University
Media cell: 403.463.6930

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