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Ryanair Direct Entry Non-Rated Captains

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Ryanair is Europe’s favourite low fares airline, operating more than 2100 daily flights from 86 bases, serving 2000 routes, connecting 200+ destinations in 33 countries and operating a fleet of 400 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Ryanair has firm orders for a further 180 new Boeing aircraft. Ryanair currently has a team of more than 14,000 highly skilled professionals, will carry 130 million passengers this year and has an outstanding 30-year safety record.

Non-rated Captain position

Due to the addition of 180 new aircraft over the coming 5 years they are currently recruiting a limited number of Direct Entry Rated / Non Rated Captain and First Officer positions. They are seeking Captains and First Officers for direct employment with Ryanair, contract positions and employee positions with other agencies.

What’s on offer?

  • Outstanding Earnings Potential (including guaranteed min. hours for contractors).
  • The best roster in the business; stable 5 on 4 off pattern.
  • No planned overnights and rosters published 4 weeks in advance.
  • Unrivalled career progression – 180 new aircraft and new bases create significant opportunities for promotion to Captain, LTC, TRE, Base Captain, etc.
  • Job security – permanent and contract positions available in one of the most successful airlines in the world.
  • New modern fleet – our fleet consists entirely of next generation Boeing 737-800s with an average age of five years.
  • Great basing opportunities across the network.

Minimum Requirements:


Transition Type Rating Course

  • Does the applicant have the right to work in EU? (Valid EU / EEA Passport with the unrestricted right to live and work in the EU)
  • Date of Birth – (Not over 65)
  • Licence Type – a) EASA Part FCL b) JAR FCL c) National Licence compliant with ICAO standards Note: c) Will require IAA validation – (Some national licences will not be accepted by the IAA).
  • Validity of Licence – (Must be valid. Applies to JAR-FCL and National Licences.)
  • Validity of Medical – Must hold a valid EU (Part-MED) issued Class 1 medical certificate.
  • Minimum 3,500 hours total flying time
  • Minimum of 2,000 hours on a Multi-crew, Multi-engine aircraft weighing in excess of 30,000kg MTOW with an established airline.
  • Minimum of 800 hours Pilot in Command (PIC) on a Multi-crew, Multi-engine jet aircraft weighing in excess of 30,000kg. (No PIC hours on Turboprop aircraft shall be considered).
  • For JAA & EASA licence holders the application must be made within 36 months of the most recent relevant Type Rating “Valid Until” date specified in Section XII “Certificate of Revalidation”.
  • English Language Proficiency –minimum required proficiency Level is Operational Level (Level 4). (Written proficiency is required at Operational level).


Applications are online. CV and Cover Letter (the text needs to be pasted into a text field on the online application form. We can help with both if required.