Aer Lingus Future Pilot Programme

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Aer Lingus Future Pilot Programme

Aer Lingus have relaunched their Future Pilot Programme. This is fully sponsored by Aer Lingus, at the end of the 14 month course, providing you were successful throughout you will commence type rating training on their A320 fleet which will take 4 months.

Info from Aer Lingus here. 


The Aer Lingus Future Pilot Programme is a unique career opportunity. This course combines classroom study and practical flight training in both aircraft and flight simulators. Throughout the course you will also receive regular mentoring, guidance and support from the Aer Lingus Cadet Liaison Pilot.

About the Programme:

Successful candidates will begin a very intensive training program lasting over 14 months in collaboration with our preferred flight training school, FTE Jerez, in the south of Spain. Our future pilots will then return to Aer Lingus to commence a type rating course on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft and begin a long career as a pilot with Aer Lingus.

Given the limited number of positions available, competition is expected to be extremely high and candidates are advised to carefully prepare for all assessments.

Aer Lingus is a Career Airline focused on the continuous training and development of our pilots. We don’t just recruit First Officers; we recruit and train our future Captains for long and short-haul routes. If you have what it takes to succeed, then why not apply today?

Is this programme for me?

Once you qualify you will receive a Multi Pilot Commercial Licence and a position in the right-hand seat of our Airbus A320 Aircraft. When you return to Dublin after 14 months in Spain, you will be scheduled for an A320 Type Rating course lasting approximately 12 weeks where you will learn how to fly our modern fleet of aircraft across Europe. This is your chance to make a smart choice and let your career take off with Aer Lingus.

What are we looking for?

We are looking to attract talented people who are motivated, engaged and passionate about aviation and the iconic Aer Lingus brand. If you are technically minded, mature, responsible and committed to succeed then maybe a career in aviation is for you.

You will need to possess excellent communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills, as well as an appreciation of the service our customers expect. If that sounds interesting and Aer Lingus fits with your own values and attitude, then apply today and kick start your career. This is a fantastic opportunity to join our team of diverse and talented individuals who make our business a success.

We are searching for candidates who are willing to balance a fast paced, technically challenging and dynamic environment, with safety and exceptional customer service.

Now you can apply to join a really great team who have been connecting Ireland to the world for almost 90 years.


Introduction from Flight Operations

Dear Applicant,

We are delighted to launch our 2024 Future Pilot Programme, in collaboration with our preferred flight training school, FTE Jerez in Spain.

We are looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds to join our team. Aer Lingus has a proud tradition in pilot training and has been offering Future Pilot Training Programmes for almost sixty years. These programmes offer candidates a unique opportunity to join our expanding team as an Aer Lingus Pilot via this fully sponsored scheme.

Whether you have just finished school/college or simply want to change career, this could be the right move for your future. Many of our pilots have joined us from other industries, and we urge you to consider doing the same.

Successful applicants will complete 14 months of basic training in Jerez, Spain followed by a 4 month transition course on the A320 Family of aircraft at the Aer Lingus Training Academy in Dublin.

To secure a place on this course, you need to be highly motivated and must demonstrate the competencies required to become a commercial airline pilot. If successful, your journey towards becoming a pilot with Aer Lingus will begin in January 2024.

I wish you every success with your application.

Captain Karl O’Neill,
Chief Instructor ATO/Recruitment


Essential criteria for application

  • 18 years of age on or before 17th April 2024
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Eligible to live and work permanently in the EU/Ireland
  • Valid unrestricted worldwide passport
  • Able to pass an airport security vetting procedure, including a five-year background check*
  • Two verifiable references
  • Able to obtain an EASA/IAA issued Class 1 Medical, including successfully passing a colour blindness test. Please refer to prior to application to ensure you can meet all medical requirements in line with eyesight/colour blindness limitations

*If you are a not an Irish citizen, you will require a current police disclosure certificate from your home country, if successful.

*If you have resided outside the Republic of Ireland for six months or more, you will also require a current police disclosure certificate from those country/countries.

Minimum Educational criteria:

    • You must have passed your Leaving Certificate (6 subjects) or equivalent*
    • Minimum Leaving Certificate Grades:
      • O5 grades in English and Mathematics at ordinary level or H6 at higher level
      • Plus 2 higher level subjects with a minimum of H5 grades in the Leaving Certificate

*Equivalent grades are as follows:

    • GCSE Maths and English must be minimum of grade C plus
    • 3 A Levels taken at A2 level in any subject with minimum grades C, C, D
  • Where the minimum Leaving Certificate or equivalent grades have not been met, you must have one of the following qualifications:
    • A minimum of a Level 7 third level (ordinary degree) in any discipline or have completed a relevant aviation apprenticeship

Key competencies and skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility and willingness to work outside of normal office hours
  • Strong communication skills
  • Technical awareness
  • Strong team player with ability to build and maintain positive working relationships and demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Excellent problem-solving and decision-making competency
  • Ability and motivation to achieve a constant high level of performance
  • Ability to process large volumes of information in a short period of time to achieve the academic standard required

You can apply directly here. 

If you need assistance with the application process such as creating a high quality, professionally written CV or Cover Letter then please visit our Pilot Career Hub or email the team at [email protected]. If you are invited to an assessment, be sure to use our famous Airline Interview Question Database which has helped hundreds of pilots successfully pass their pilot interview.

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