As the variety of profitable budget airlines demonstrates, success comes in many shapes and sizes. WestJet, Ryanair, JetBlue and AirTran all have taken different paths to arrive at the same destination. This is also true when it comes to how low-cost carriers approach pilot training. JetBlue is building its own facility while Jetstar has outsourced virtually its entire training requirement to a third party. Yet experts agree that most LCCs share a common trait: A determination to think ...

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