ITV commissions ground-breaking documentary following easyJet’s rookie pilots from ITN Productions

  • 9pm 3×60 minute series following easyJet’s pilots-to-be as they take off for the very first time
  • Unprecedented access to the easyJet pilot training scheme.
  • With women making up only 5% of pilots worldwide, the series will include inspirational female role models and efforts to increase the proportion of female recruits.
  • For the first time this series will use unique, in-cockpit footage filmed using a mini fixed-rig.

ITV have commissioned a ground-breaking series revealing what it takes to become an easyJet pilot.

easyJet: Inside the Cockpit (w/t) will observe the future flyers of one of Britain’s largest airlines as they are trained up and take on the challenges of the modern-day commercial pilot.

In association with international airline pilot training and resourcing organisation CTC Aviation, the ITN Productions 3x60” series will join pilots at every stage of their intensive course – from the moment they are accepted onto an airline pilot career programme with CTC Aviation , to their first solo flight, first passenger flight following the  ups and downs of mastering take-off and landing.

The mini fixed-rig in cockpit will allow a glimpse into a hidden world, usually closed off to passengers, capturing those crucial moments which we’ve never seen before.

Due to TX in the 9pm slot on ITV in 2017, the series will also shine a light on easyJet’s efforts to increase the number of female pilots, who currently make up just 5% of the world’s flying professionals. Unlike most other professions the proportion of women has not changed for decades, something easyJet has pledged to change. easyJet has set ambitious targets which, through a variety of initiatives, aims to double the number of new female pilot recruits over the next two years. During the series viewers will meet women at every stage of their pilot career from the new female recruits to the female captains and trainers who have blazed the trail.

The series will also investigate the changing role of the pilot as it becomes ever more customer-facing. As well as being at the controls of an Airbus at 30,000ft, easyJet pilots are responsible for up to 186 passengers on every flight and have to be able to communicate effectively with them.

Brian Tyrrell, Head of Flight Operations for easyJet, said: “easyJet’s pilots are integral to the airline’s success. Safety is our number one priority so all new recruits undergo intensive and rigorous training and only the best are selected to fly for easyJet.  We are really pleased to be able to show viewers female pilots at each stage of their careers and hopefully they will inspire a whole new generation of girls and women to what is a hugely rewarding career.”

Satmohan Panesar, ITV Factual Commissioner said “easyJet changed the face of air travel when it was set up 21 years ago, and today they are an iconic brand. We are thrilled that they have partnered with ITV and we look forward to booking our ticket and following the dreams of wannabe pilots as they take to the skys for the first time.”

Will Smith, Head of Factual, ITN Productions, said: “We are delighted to be working with easyJet and CTC on this series which will show just what it takes to become a pilot at the UK’s busiest airline. It will be a fascinating insight into the ever-changing role of today’s pilot which involves so much more than taking the controls at 30,000ft.”

EasyJet: Inside the Cockpit (w/t) was developed by ITN Productions’ Will Smith (Head of Factual) and Dan Grabiner (Head of Development) and commissioned by ITV’s Head of Factual Entertainment Sue Murphy and ITV Factual commissioner Satmohan Panesar.

Currently women make up 6% of easyJet’s new pilot intake. The airline has pledged to double this to 12% over two years (end of September 2017) and aims to increase the proportion of new entrant easyJet pilots who are female, whilst maintaining the highest recruitment standards.

This new initiative gives more support to females looking to enter the profession.

easyJet is Europe’s leading airline offering a unique and winning combination of the best route network connecting Europe’s primary airports, with great value fares and friendly service.

easyJet flies on more of Europe’s most popular routes than any other airline. easyJet carries over 70 million passengers annually, of which around 12 million are travelling on business. easyJet flies over 240 aircraft on more than 780 routes to over 130 airports across 32 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour’s drive of an easyJet airport.


Press contact: Laura Roberts, Head of Press and Public Affairs, ITN – 020 7430 4825

About ITN Productions

ITN Productions is ITN’s in-house production business. We produce bespoke creative and commercial content for broadcasters, businesses, brands, rights holders and digital channels including:

  • TV programmes across factual, entertainment and current affairs for UK and international channels
  • TV commercials and branded content
  • Corporate video and industry news programming
  • Sport live coverage, clips and programmes
  • Shortform video online and on mobile
  • Full in-house post production facility

Awards include two consecutive International Emmys for Escape from ISIS and Children on the Frontline, a Peabody and two BAFTAs for Children on the Frontline, a Cannes Lion for our Lego ad-break take-over and numerous other accolades. TV output includes observational documentaries such as Harrow: A Very British School and Gordonstoun: A Different Class (Sky) and Young Vets (BBC2), popular factual series such as the Secret Life of Pets (Channel 5), Black Market Britain (Channel 5) and the Caught on Camera series (ITV). ITN Productions also produces major series and specials for international broadcasters such as Chris Hansen’s Killer Instinct (Discovery ID) and Flight 370: The Missing Links (DNI). In addition to our factual programming, ITNP is Britain’s leading independent producer of current affairs, including ITV’s the Agenda, Dispatches for Channel 4; and fast-turnaround documentaries such as Campus Killer Santa Barbara (A&E US) and live debates such as the Great British Break-Up? and Europe: the Final Debate with Jeremy Paxman (Channel 4). For more information visit:

About CTC Aviation

CTC Aviation, approved by regulators worldwide as an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), provides airline training, pilot resourcing and simulation solutions for the world’s leading airlines. Next generation facilities and aircraft in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States – including Boeing and Airbus simulators – support ab initio pilot selection, training and airline placement for graduates. At our Southampton (UK)) and London Gatwick (UK) Crew Training Centres we also provide pilot selection, training and resourcing solutions for airlines and experienced aircrew. CTC Aviation is part of L-3 Commercial Training Solutions.


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