The employment market continues to be particularly challenging for newly qualified cadet pilots. In the financial year 2009-2010, 2611 professional flying licences were issued in the UK alone. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, since April 2005, a minimum of 2500 professional licences have been issued yearly up until the end of their current statistics in 2010. This means over 12,500 newly qualified pilots entered the market in those five years, in the middle of which was the biggest global economic depression since the 1930's bringing a period of bankruptcies and consolidation to commercial aviation across Europe.
In this section we aim to bring together all possible current opportunities to help you get that elusive first flying job. Be sure to visit our career services area to see how we can help you achieve this and make your application stand out from the rest.
Please note that we are not a recruitment agency - we bring you potential flight deck jobs of interest together into one place. If you have any queries about a specific role, you should contact the airline or agency directly. All job details were correct at the time of posting but may since have changed or have been removed. Please do not apply if the company has closed the application process - a posting on this page does not guarantee that the job is still available.
In 2016 Ryanair opened recruitment for a Cadet Graduate Program where the successful applicant joins the Flight Operations / Technical Services department for 12 months, before being recommended to CAE for a self sponsored Boeing 737 type rating and joining the airline as a First Officer.
From the Ryanair recruitment website:
"This is a unique opportunity for two exceptional candidates to gain invaluable experience in understanding the operation of Ryanair’s Flight Operations and Technical Services departments and its development during a period of immense growth. Ryanair’s Flight Operations and Technical Services departments are responsible for all matters relating to flight crew Standards; Training; Performance Engineering; Reliability; Maintenance Programme; Avionics; Structures; Powerplant; Systems and Technical Records. The departments work closely with Boeing; Equipment Suppliers; Maintenance Organisations; Service Providers national aviation authorities and the EASA.
The successful candidate(s) will participate in Ryanair’s Technical Services/Flight Operations cadet graduate programme on a One Year Fixed Term Contract."
Climber A/S First Officers15th January 2016
The Danish airline, an SAS subsidary, are recruiting First Officers for their CRJ-900 fleet. Applicants require a frozen ATPL.
Scandinavian Airlines First Officers14th January 2016
SAS are recruiting First Officers. Low hour pilots are eligible to apply.
The SAS website states: "As a pilot in SAS you will normally start your career as first officer on one of our short haul aircraft. Our diverse route net gives excellent opportunities to fly to airports throughout Europe from Norway in the north to Africa in the south. Most aircraft types fly network traffic combined with seasonal charter."
Eurowings A320 First Officers27th November 2015
Eurowings are recruiting First Officers for their A320 fleet. Low hour pilots are eligible to apply. A320 type rating with 200 hours and 500 hours on aircraft above 20T is preferred, but is not essential. German language is also preferred, but again not essential. Might be worth an application if you don't meet the preferred requirements.
GlobeAir Mustang Low Hour First Officers27th November 2015
GlobeAir are currently accepting applications from low hour pilots onto their Mustang Fleet. Applicants should be willing to self sponsor a C510 Type Rating. No language requirements.
Jet2 Pilot Apprentice Program20th October 2015
Jet2's Pilot Apprentice Program has reopened for applications.
Successful candidates will complete an apprentice program, completing placements throughout the airlines various departments including operations, HR and finance. Upon completion, the candidate will be given a fully bonded type rating and become a First Officer with the airline.
Aer Lingus are recruiting direct entry FOs and accepting applications from low hour pilots. No minimum hour requirements or type rating required to apply.
Thomas Cook A320/330 & B757/767 First Officers5th September 2015
Requires a type rating but no minimum hours requirement to submit an application.
You will need to be in possession (or be prepared and able to obtain) a UK issued EASA ATPL with MCC or exemption
ICAO Level 6 English
EASA Class One medical – if medical records are not held in the UK, you must be able to transfer to a UK EASA Class One
A valid Airbus 320 or 330, Boeing 757 or 767 and current type rating
A valid UK or EUEA passport with no restrictions on travel
Entitled to live and work in the UK indefinitely
Be able to obtain a UK DBS Certificate
Scoot Boeing 787 Dreamliner Second Officers27th August 2015
Recruiting cadets straight out of flight school onto the B787 as a Second Officer. Applicants require the right to work in Singapore but there are no minimum hour requirements.
Travel Service B737 First Officers27th August 2015
Recruiting low hour pilots for their Boeing 737 fleet. No hour or language requirements. Must be able to work in the EU and self sponsor a type rating & base training.
Lan Chile A320 First Officers27th August 2015
Lan Chile are currently accepting applications from low hour pilots for a position as a First Officer on their A320 fleet. Applicants require fluent Spanish but no minimum hour requirements stated.
Desert Air Alaska DC-3 & CV-240 First Officers22nd August 2015
A great opportunity for low hour pilots who have an FAA licence.
300 hours minimum flight time
Multi engine rating
FAA Commercial instrument rating
Tail wheel endorsement
Mandatory pre-hire drug testing & criminal history background clearance required
Must either be a US citizen or have the legal right to work and live in US
Fiji Airways A330 Second Officer21st August 2015
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Fiji Commercial Pilot License or Foreign CPL (CAAF Approved);
Unrestricted Instrument Rating;
Light Twin Engine Fixed Wing Aircraft
endorsement (non-centreline thrust);
Minimum of 250 hours allowable flying
Passes in all ATPL Theory Examinations;
Pass in Basic Gas Turbine Theory
(maybe exempted for CASA ATPL Theory
Fiji Citizen, holding a current Fiji Passport
for the past 5 years.
Luxair Non Rated Low Hour First Officers19th August 2015
Luxair are accepting spontaneous applications from low hour, non type rated pilots with no language requirements.
EAT (DHL) Non Rated Low Hour First Officers28th July 2015
DHL continue to recruit for their A300 and B757 Fleet. Applicants to not require a type rating and there is no hour requirement. Pilots are based in Leipzig, Germany. Applicants require a
Wizz Air Non Rated A320 Cadet First Officers9th June 2015
Reduced hour requirement!
Wizz Air continue to accept applications for A320 cadets. Candidates require 300 hours flight time and a Jet Orientation Course. ME/IR should be valid for at least 3 months on application.
Ryanair Cadet Pilots7th June 2015
Continuing to recruit low hour First Officers onto the Boeing 737.
Air Asia A320 First Officers (India)5th June 2015
Must hold a valid Indian CPL/IR with an unrestricted class one medical certificate;
A minimum of 200 hours total flying time;
English language fluency (written and verbal comprehension); must be at least equal to ICAO English level 4;
Must be an Indian citizen;
A320 type rating would be advantageous.
Bulgaria Air E190 First Officers4th June 2015
Bulgaria Air announces vacant positions for Embraer 190 first officers
The candidates shall meet the following requirements:
- possess current EASA CPL(A) including RTO and IR(A)/MEA;
- possess EASA Class I medical certificate;
- have passed successfully ATPL- theoryandexamasperPart FCL 1.285;
- hold a certificatefor a satisfactory completion of MCC-course;
- have successfully passed ICAO Level 4 requirements for English proficiency;
- valid Embraer 190 type rating is an advantage;
- Bulgarian language proficiency is an advantage.
Condor A320 / B757 First Officers22nd May 2015
Condor are recruting A320 and B757 First Officers. No type rating or minimum hours requirement. Fluent German required.
Diamond Executive Aviation 17th April 2015
DEA are looking for a MEP/CPL/IR qualified pilot. No minimim hour requirement. They are looking for the following additional skills:
Physical IT hardware assembly?
Cathay Pacific Second Officers12th March 2015
Cathay Pacific continue to accept applications from low hour cadets for long haul Second Officer Positions.
Fly Dubai Boeing 737 Cadet Pilots23rd February 2015
Fly Dubai have teamed up with Emirates-CAE Flight Training to take on cadet pilots.
Danish Air Transport (DAT) First Officers22nd February 2015
Danish Air Transport are accepting applications for First Officer positions for their mixed fleet. No minimum hours stated.
Transavia Boeing 737NG First Officers22nd February 2015
Currently accepting applications from low hour pilots.
Dash 8 Q400 First Officers22nd February 2015
Flybe are recruiting experienced and low hour First Officers for their Dash 8 fleet. Low hour pilots require a at least a 90% ATPL theory average. Will recruit from both integrated and modular flight training backgrounds. Flybe also requires applicants to have completed a Jet Orientation Course (JOC). Such a course can be organised by Flightdeckfriend.com with a UK CAA approved ATO - email
email@example.com for the details.
TNT Airways First Officer22nd February 2015
TNT Airways continue to accept online applications for medium and long haul positions with no type rating requirement or minimum hours specification. Fleet includes B737/777/747.