British Airways A320 Rated First Officers

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British Airways are recruiting A320 Rated First Officers for their base at London Gatwick, UK.

Job Profile

Role Information

Job title

Direct Entry Pilot (A320)


Non-Management (First Officer)

Reports to



Flight Operations

Job Purpose

The Direct Entry Pilot Scheme is for experienced high calibre pilots who want to develop their careers with one of the most progressive international airlines in the business.

Principal Accountabilities

  •   The First Officer is responsible to the Commander to assist in the safe and efficient conduct of the flight.
  •   Maintain familiarity with such provisions of the company Operations Manual as are necessary to fulfil the role of First Officer.
  •   Assist the Commander as requested, concerning operational and administrative duties in relation to the flight.
  •   Support the Commander in the maintenance of a proper standard of crew discipline, conduct and personal appearance.

Job Dimensions/Measures


Operating our fleet of A319/20/21 aircraft on our short and medium haul operations from London Heathrow and/or London Gatwick.


Second in command to the Commander, cabin crew of up to 6 on board on any given day.

Key Interfaces

  •   Aircraft Commander and cabin crew
  •   Ground colleagues at base and downroute
  •   Customers both on board and in terminals/downroute in times of disruption

Person Specification

Experience & Skills

  •   First class flying record
  •   Minimum 500 hours flying experience on the A320 series
  •   Passionate about a career as a pilot with British Airways
  •   Comfortable with taking control of own learning and professional development, and bothwilling and able to self-study, read widely, and continue to develop as a safety

    conscious professional pilot for the duration of the flying career

  •   Comfortable operating a busy schedule, with BA flights operating 365 days a year
  •   Comfortable working with colleagues and customers from all cultures and nationalities, andable to identify, and work, with cultural differences
  •   Genuine enthusiasm for our customers, and finding ways to exceed their expectationswhen they fly with us

Job Profile

 Able to put our customers’ needs at the heart of all decision making, and will be comfortable dealing with our customers face to face both when things are going to plan, but also when they’re not

Qualifications (Essential)

  •   A current UK issued EASA Flight Crew Licence
  •   EASA Class 1 flight crew medical
  •   Current A320 type rating
  •   Height will be between 1.57m (5’2″) and 1.91m (6’3″) with weight in proportion to height(height is accurately determined during the assessment process). Qualified pilots who are taller than 1.91m may submit an application but will be required to undergo a functionality check to confirm their ability to meet the requirements of the seating positions in the British Airways fleet of aircraft
  •   A good level of physical fitness, and ability to satisfy the British Airways medical requirements
  •   ICAO Level 6 proficiency in English language
  •   A valid passport (with minimum of 12 months before expiry date) allowing unrestrictedworldwide travel
  •   The unrestricted right to live and work in the UK

Expertise / Specialist Knowledge (Essential or desirable)

 Experience in European shorthaul operations would be desirable

British Airways Plan4 Behaviours – FSLT


Clear on what needs to be achieved, brave enough to try new things and make decisions quickly to ensure we can deliver what we commit to.


Innovate and constantly seek improvements through understanding our customers and the market in which we operate, sharing knowledge and embracing digital solutions to beat the competition.


Question the value of what we do, aim to reduce complexity and are always cost conscious to ensure we can reinvest where it matters most.


Together we will achieve our vision; because together we are British Airways.

Some roles may require further proficiency in one or more of the behaviours.

Applications are online and close on 28th February 2018.