How to Become an easyJet Pilot
How to Become an easyJet Pilot
easyJet has traditionally recruited pilots through their ‘Generation easyJet’ cadet program and also accept applications from experienced pilots.
If you don’t have any flying experience but would like to become an easyJet pilot, then applying to their pilot cadet program which they call ‘Generation easyJet’ is your best bet. If you are invited to join their cadet pilot program, you will complete your flight training with their partner call CAE. During the training you will obtain the licences required to become an A320 First Officer with easyJet.
Cadet pilots are typically required to finance their flight training through CAE themselves, although on a limited number of occasions easyJet has provided financial assistance to some pilots who were unable to fund it themselves through the ‘Amy Johnson’ initiative.
Direct Entry Pilot
If you were unable to enrol on the Generation easyJet cadet pilot program, then you may still have the opportunity to join easyJet as a pilot in the future. You can complete your flight training and gain experience at another airline before applying to join easyJet as a direct entry First Officer. In the past, easyJet have also recruited direct entry Captains.
The pandemic has made the recruitment outlook for many airlines uncertain. When easyJet start recruiting pilots again, we will post it on our Cadet Pilot Program page.
Becoming an easyJet Pilot FAQs
How long does it take to train as an easyJet pilot?
If you join the Generation easyJet cadet pilot program, it normally takes between about 18-24 months to complete your flight training.
How much do easyJet pilots get paid?
First Officers with easyJet can expect to earn between about £50,000 – £70,000 a year.
easyJet Captains can expect to earn between about £120,000 – £150,0000 a year.
What aircraft to easyJet fly?
easyJet operate the A320 aircraft across a short-haul network around Europe.
How to Become a British Airways Pilot
How to Become a Pilot with BA
British Airways (BA) have traditionally recruited pilots of all experience levels and from a wide range of backgrounds. This means that people who have no flying experience at all to very experienced pilots have all been eligible to join BA in the past. Ways to join BA as a pilot include:
BA Future Pilot Program (FPP)
The BA FPP is a cadet pilot program for people who want to become a pilot with BA. You do not need any prior flying experience to be accepted onto this program. If you are accepted onto the program, you will complete your flight training as a BA cadet with the knowledge that you will be joining BA as a cadet First Officer if you successfully complete your training. The training is completed at a flight school which is partnered with BA. FPP cadet pilots are usually required to pay for their own flight training but previously BA have offered financial assistance to cadets who are unable to fund the training themselves.
BA have traditionally run the FPP program about once a year but it has not been run since the COVID-19 pandemic started. For more information on the BA FPP program, keep your eye on the BA pilot recruitment website.
Low Hour Pilots
If you didn’t complete your flight training through the FPP, on occasions BA have also recruited pilots who have completed their flight training but are yet to get any commercial flying experience with an airline. These are typically referred to as ‘low hour pilots’. Historically BA have only recruited low hour pilots who went to certain integrated flight schools but more recently have opened applications up to modular pilots as well.
Direct Entry Pilot
BA also recruit pilots who have gained flying experience at other airlines. This experience can be on most commercial aircraft types flying short-haul or long-haul. For pilots with enough experience, BA have previously recruited pilots straight onto long haul fleets.
BA do not recruit Direct Entry Captains – all applications are for First Officer positions.
The pandemic has made the short to medium term pilot recruitment requirements very uncertain for many airlines across the world. BA are not currently accepting applications for any pilot positions but when they do, FlightDeckFriend.com will be sure to post it on our latest pilot job board.
Please note that FlightDeckFriend.com has no affiliation with BA. Any questions regarding BA pilot recruitment should be directed to British Airways through their recruitment website.
Becoming a BA pilot FAQs
How long does it take to train as a British Airways pilot?
As with any flight training course, it takes approximately 18-24 months to complete your commercial flight training.
How much do British Airways pilots get paid?
A cadet First Officer can expect to earn between about £30,000 and £50,000 a year.
An experienced First Officer can expect to earn between around £70,000 and £120,000 a year, depending on experience.
A Captain can earn between about £120,000 and £200,000 a year, depending on experience.
What aircraft do British Airways fly?
BA operate both short-haul and long-hail aircraft types. They current fly the following aircraft types: