ITV has commissioned a new docuseries that will reveal what it takes to take to the sky as an easyJet pilot.
EasyJet: Inside the Cockpit (working title) will follow pilots-to-be for the British low-cost airline as they are trained, take on the challenges of the modern-day commercial pilot and take off for the very first time.
In association with international airline pilot training and resourcing organization CTC Aviation, the 30 x 60-minute series will join pilots at every stage of their course, from the moment they are accepted into an airline pilot career program with CTC Aviation to their first solo flight and their first passenger flight. Produced by ITN Productions in-cockpit footage filmed using a mini fixed-rig.
The series will also examine easyJet’s efforts to increase the number of female pilots in its ranks and the profession, in general. Women currently account for only 5% of the world’s flying professionals. At easyJet, women account for 6% of easyJet’s new pilot intake. The airline has pledged to double the number to 12% by the end of 2017. Through the series, viewers will meet women at every stage of their pilot career, from the new female recruits to the pioneering female captains and trainers.
EasyJet: Inside the Cockpit was developed by ITN Productions’ head of factual Will Smith and head of development Dan Grabiner, and was commissioned by ITV’s head of factual entertainment Sue Murphy and ITV Factual commissioner Satmohan Panesar. It will premiere on ITV in 2017.