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Location Heathrow Airport, London

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 9698 Closing date 7/7/2024 Brand British Airways Career area Pilots Business area Experienced Pilots Contract type Permanent Full Time Location Heathrow Airport, London Download job description

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Job Description

Chief Pilot (Boeing) 24 month Fixed Term Contract

The role 

Are you ready to lead a team of high performing pilots? British Airways is seeking an experienced and dynamic Chief Pilot (Boeing)  to lead and inspire our team of approximately 2000 pilots, on a Fixed Term Basis for 24 months.

British Airways has a rich legacy of excellence in aviation, and we are looking for a Chief Pilot, who shares our commitment to safety, efficiency, and innovation. As a global leader in the airline industry, we offer a unique opportunity for a seasoned professional to shape the future of aviation with us. 

The successful postholder will ensure a strong culture that maintains the highest levels of health, safety, and security in a role that drives visible levels of pilot engagement and recognition, through effective line management.

The role leads the delivery of the Flight Operations fleet strategy, with a focus on the development and maintenance of a competent and motivated workforce. Ensuring the highest levels of inclusivness is a key component of this responsibility. You will champion a team that represents the best of British Airways, promoting  Flight Operations’ strategy , 'Leading the Operation, Supporting Colleagues and Leveraging Technology'.

Key duties 

  • Manage Fleet Line Managers and the Policy & Delivery Manager as assigned, providing effective leadership and guidance. 
  • Represent the Fleets on the Flight Operations Standards Group (FOSG), ensuring a strong relationship with technical and training teams to ensure alignment with industry standards. 
  • Take responsibility for the operational and workforce management of pilots, ensuring adherence to business and performance requirements. 
  • Monitor and enhance operational standards to drive continuous improvement. 
  • Champion and oversee pilot welfare and wellbeing initiatives, prioritising the health and happiness of the flight crew. 
  • Represent the Fleet team at the Peer Assistance Network (PAN) steering group, providing management support as required to enhance industry collaboration. 
  • Possess the authority to withdraw the operations certificates of flight crew on Airbus/Boeing fleets who do not meet professional or technical competency standards, ensuring regulatory compliance. 
  • Oversee the training and development of fleet/line managers on their respective fleets, fostering continuous learning and skill enhancement. 
  • Lead Flight Operations support during Critical Incident Management Team (CMT) callouts as required, demonstrating agility and responsiveness in emergency situations. 

Qualifications / experience 

  • Airline transport pilot’s licence holder  
  • Proven people management experience  
  • Experience or working within a regulatory environment.
  • Appropriate skills and expertise acceptable to the CAA for a flight technical role                                                                                                       

What we offer:

We believe that all the people who work with us should feel valued for the part they play. It’s one of the reasons our rewards go far beyond a competitive salary.

From the day you join us, you’ll get access to brilliant staff travel benefits including unlimited basic and premium standby tickets on British Airways flights. You’ll also receive up to 30 discounted ‘Hotline’ airfares per year for yourself, friends, and family.

At British Airways you’ll have the chance to take on new challenges and move forward in a way that feels right for you. We encourage all those who work for us to consider opportunities right across our business to help you develop and progress.

We never stand still, and we don’t expect our people to either.

Inclusion & Diversity

At British Airways we all have a part to play in creating an inclusive place to work. Diverse representation among our people is really important to us and we recognise that all our colleagues are uniquely different and bring their own originality, creativity and identity to work.

Inclusion and diversity is a key driver of innovation and we’re committed to creating a culture where everyone feels that they can be themselves. We’re looking for people from all backgrounds and cultures to join us and be a part of our journey to become a Better BA as we continue to connect Britain with the world and the world with Britain.


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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