Virgin Australia Non-Rated First Officers

Website Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia is currently accepting expressions of interest for B737 First Officers who will be based in New Zealand.

Job no: 500960

Work type: Full Time

Location: Auckland, Christchurch

Categories: Flight Crew

Here at the Virgin Australia Group, we have the best talent, doing the best work of their lives with meaning. Our continuous focus on the guest experience is what unites us and sets us apart in our vision to be the world’s most rewarding travel experience.

Virgin Australia is currently accepting applications for B737 First Officers who will be based in New Zealand (Auckland).

Virgin Australia’s minimum requirements are listed below. We strongly encourage those who meet minimum requirements to express their interest in Virgin Australia by submitting an application.

Minimum Requirements:

The minimum flying hours experience and qualifications requirements are outlined below:

  • Minimum total flight time of 500 hours of which:
  • 300 hours in Command of a powered fixed wing aeroplane (excluding ICUS), or
  • 200 hours in Command of multi engine aircraft (excluding ICUS), or,
  • Be a graduate of the Virgin Australia Cadet Pilot programme.
  • A current Australian ATPL or CPL with passes in all Australia ATPL theory subjects
  • Australian Multi Engine Aeroplane Instrument Rating (or in Cyclic programme)
  • English language Level 6 on licence
  • A current Australian Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Must be willing to accept an New Zealand base.

* Those with a NZ ATPL licence must have applied for the CASA equivalent licence, through the Trans-Tasman Mutual Agreement (TTMRA) process, prior to the commencement of the recruitment assessment process. Evidence of an application will need to be presented at the assessment interview. Please note that a NZ CPL with all ATPL Subjects is not an acceptable licence for the TTMRA process.


In addition to joining an airline with an exemplary safety record and consistently good OTP results, you can expect the follow benefits from joining Virgin Australia:

• 42 days annual leave

• Loss of licence insurance

• Annual salary increase

• Exceptional staff travel program that can be enjoyed by your family and friends

• The ability to bid for rosters that suit your lifestyle

• Career progression opportunities including first rate training throughout your flying career with Virgin Australia, designed to equip you with the skills to consistently develop and progress toward command opportunities. There are future opportunities with the Training department, Technical Pilot roles and also management opportunities.

• Fleet and operational variety

• Engagement surveys that enable management to listen to the needs of team members and take action on the issues that matter

• Employee Assistance Program – including 24 hour support for our team members and their families

• Paid parental and adoption leave – including 10 weeks paid maternity, two weeks paid paternity and three weeks paid adoption leave

• Study assistance – we offer support for study linked to development

• Salary sacrifice options – such as vehicles and superannuation

• The opportunity to tap into the diverse offerings of the Virgin group globally.

We are looking for enthusiastic and professional flight crew who consistently display behaviours that support the Virgin Australia brand and values. 

Recruitment Process

Online application process

All applicants will submit an application via the careers page. You will be asked to establish a profile which you can update when your contact, employment and flight hour details change. Those who have previously applied for positions will need to re-submit an application unless you have specifically been informed not to re-apply.

Stage 1 – Application Review

Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be prioritised to progress to the next stage.

Stage 2 – Flipbase Video

 You will receive an email providing you with details on how to create a short video to answer a couple of questions that will be provided to you.

Stage 3 – Assessment Days

The Recruitment process will involve two consecutive days at Aviation Australia in Brisbane or in some instances in New Zealand. Our Recruitment Team will provide you with detailed information on the location. The recruitment activities you will be involved in may include a Behavioural Interview, Group Activity, aptitude testing and a Simulator Assessment.

Suggestions for success

Be yourself. Be prepared – do your research. Be punctual.


Where are the assessments held?

All interviews will be conducted in either Brisbane or New Zealand, with location confirmed once your application is progressed.

Where is the type rating course held?

The type rating courses for Boeing aircraft are held at the Boeing Flight Services Centre, Eagle Farm, Brisbane

How do I know the status of my application?

We will acknowledge the initial receipt of your application.

We plan to communicate advice of the status of your application within two months initially, reducing to one month after we deal with the large numbers received after the invitation for applications initially open. The advice will indicate that:

• you have been progressed to the next stage,

• you are not competitive to be progressed at this time but will remain active, or

• your application will not be progressed further.

Given the varied number of entry points into Virgin Australia pilot group, and the changing nature of our pilot resource requirements, it is not possible to provide time frames as to how long you may stay at certain stages of the recruitment process.

Once candidates have progressed through the Assessment Days stage the final outcome will be advised within 2-3 weeks.

What happens if I am successful in the recruitment process?

Pending satisfactory completion of Referee Checks, and depending on Virgin Australia’s requirements at the time, you may be allocated directly to an endorsement course or placed on a Hold File for future opportunities.

When should I update my application?

You should update your application when significant changes such as licence type, employment, and residential address occur. At the very least you should update every six months to ensure we have your latest flying experience details.

How long is the bond period?

Generally you will bonded on type for between 30 to 36 months. Specific information can be obtained from the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.

Please note, this Campaign is for those candidate who are interest in our New Zealand base only.

Advertised: 07 Mar 2019 New Zealand Daylight Time

Application close: 31 Mar 2019 New Zealand Daylight Time