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Location BA CityFlyer - Edinburgh Airport

Every 90 seconds, a British Airways aircraft takes off from somewhere around the globe. Our pilots take millions of customers to hundreds of amazing international destinations every year, doing it in one of the most modern and fuel-efficient fleets of any airline in the world. Wherever they’re travelling to, our Captains and First Officers take great pride in creating unique experiences for our customers and extending a big British welcome to everyone who flies with us. It’s part of our identity as the nation’s flag carrier, and it’s what makes us different.


Reference 9474 Closing date 3/6/2024 Brand BA Cityflyer Career area Pilots Business area Experienced Pilots Location BA CityFlyer - Edinburgh Airport

Job Description

This is a key time to be joining BA Cityflyer as we ‘Build a Better Cityflyer’. We take huge pride in our past – but we’re looking to the future as an airline that loves embracing the best of modern Britain. Our country’s creativity, diversity, style, wit and warmth are the same special qualities that make us who we are. If you’re made of the same qualities as us, you could soon be part of the next chapter of our story.

For BA Cityflyer Captains, the customer always comes first. Your goal will be to provide the very best flight experience bringing our business and leisure customers into the heart of London.

You’ll be expected to work flexibly within a tight-knit team to deliver our dynamic seven-day-a-week operation, flying business, charter, and leisure flights on a varied roster including day trips, night stops and tours.

Operating the Embraer 190 into London City Airport, with its high value and sophisticated customer base, we fly in and out of one of the world’s most challenging operating environments. Therefore, our pilots are required to maintain the highest professional standards.

The drive to provide industry defining standards of customer service in a demanding yet exciting environment is the aspiration we look for in our high calibre pilots.

And there’s more… you may have the opportunity to develop your career within BA Cityflyer.

Additionally, we have a whole host of leading industry benefits that we have listed below.

What we offer

  • Permanent contract: full terms and conditions which are effective from your first day of employment
  • Company funded conversion course/type rating (with bond)
  • Private Medical Scheme
  • Medical and licence renewals paid by BA Cityflyer
  • Company pension scheme (up to 12% employer contribution)
  • Loss of Licence scheme on joining 
  • Life Assurance
  • Company car leasing scheme. Cycle to Work
  • 30 days annual leave increasing to 35 days on 7-years completed service
  • On joining extensive British Airways worldwide staff travel benefits
  • Up to 30 discounted ‘Hotline’ airfares per year for yourself, friends and family

Discounts at selected car hire, hotels and retail stores

With our commitment to sustainable employment, we are an equal opportunities employer and value diversity at BA Cityflyer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status. This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. However, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. 

The minimum criteria to apply are:

  • Current UK CAA Part-FCL licence ATPL (A) or ability to convert to a UK licence using CAA EASA transfer process route 5 or 6 (link below)
  • A current type rating with a minimum of 4000 hours total hours to include 1500 hours as PIC of a commercial jet/turbo prop multi crew aircraft. The 1500 hours will not include any PICUS hours.
  • ICAO English language proficiency level 6
  • Valid ME Instrument rating
  • Valid Class 1 Medical (valid for 6 months after date of joining)
  • E-Jet type rating desirable but not essential
  • Currently operating as a Captain is desirable.

Supporting Files

Please add a copy of your Licence, Class 1 Medical and last 3 pages of your logbook to the supporting files section before submitting your application.

Third Country CPL and ATPL licence conversion requirements from 1 January 2023 | Civil Aviation Authority (

Hours and ratings will be checked during screening and at assessment.

Please read the job description for the full criteria.

Please note:

  • Candidates who were not successful at initial screening, video interview, capacity testing or assessment centre stage can now reapply for the pilot recruitment campaign after 6 months from their most recent assessment date. This change is due to the updated assessment process. Candidates who were not successful at the SIM stage must wait 12 months before reapplying for the pilot recruitment campaign.
  • You may only apply to one airline within the British Airways family (British Airways, Euroflyer, or Cityflyer) at a time. If you are unsuccessful in one campaign, you will be unable to reapply to any of the three airlines within the British Airways family until the specified re-apply period has elapsed.


Inspired to fly

Our incredible and diverse team of pilots are driven by passion. Find out what it means to embark on a career in the skies with British Airways.

Success Profile

It takes something special to work for the nation's flag carrier. Here are some of the qualities we're looking for in a British Airways Pilot.

  • Responsible
  • Resilient
  • Committed
  • Customer orientated
  • Adaptable
  • Inspiring
Why british airways

Why British Airways?

Change is always in the air at British Airways. Our story is one of endless innovation and transformation, and our pilots play a huge part in helping us evolve. It’s not just that they’re flying some of the most technologically-advanced aircraft to an ever-expanding network of destinations around the world. We empower our colleagues to take ownership of their role, push original ideas forward and find new ways to help us serve our passengers – all while delivering the exceptional service that our customers expect.

We also recognise that every one of our pilots - from our newest Cadet to most experienced Captain - has had their own unique journey to the flightdeck. We celebrate these differences and always encourage our people to showcase their individual personalities and skills. However, we also understand what unites us; a pride to wear the iconic British Airways uniform, and a dedication to delivering excellence in everything we do. In return, we make sure our colleagues feel truly valued for who they are and what they contribute.

Career Path

  • Senior First Officer
  • Captain
  • Training Co-Pilot/Captain
  • Training Standards Captain
  • Management roles
  • Project work: Recruitment/ Training/Sustainability
  • Operational management
Lovjinder G.

British Airways is a diverse airline, and I've had the pleasure of working with many different people from all types of backgrounds. There are many perks to the job, from new challenges, to exploring the world but, particularly, being able to be involved in projects outside of the flight deck.

Lovjinder G.

Senior First Officer

Rewards & Benefits

Staff travel

Staff travel

You’ll get access to discounted ‘Hotline’ tickets for yourself, friends, and family from day one, along with unlimited standby and premium standby fares for you and your nominees and an Annual Bookable Concession on completion of six months of service.



We offer a market-leading defined contribution (DC) pension. Enrolled at 2% employee contributions and 7% employer with an option to increase.



We’ll pay the cost of an annual membership upfront, which will then be deducted from your pay over 12 months. Colleagues on a permanent contract will be eligible for this benefit after three months.

Flexible benefits

Flexible benefits

Choose from benefits including critical illness cover, childcare vouchers, cycle to work, additional life insurance cover, private medical insurance, dental plan, and healthcare cash plan.

Electric car scheme

Electric car scheme

Colleagues can access a brand new, fully maintained and insured electric car for a fixed monthly amount. Available through salary sacrifice offering tax and NI savings. You’ll be eligible for this benefit after 12 months.

Heathrow Express

Heathrow Express

Whether you are commuting to Heathrow or heading off on holiday, you’ll be entitled to buy Express Saver tickets with a 75% discount.

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