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As a British Airways Pilot, you’ll live and breathe our values and give everything you have, to every flight, along with the whole team on board you will help create positive memories for all our customers. To fly, to serve, it’s the reason you became a Pilot. Wherever you’re headed, your flying will be world-class.
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Experienced Pilots

As part of one of the most progressive international airlines in the industry, you’ll be expected to perform to the highest standards. We don't just recruit talented Direct Entry Pilots, we're looking for ambitious, proud professionals committed to exceeding expectations, adapting to change and driving innovation.

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Future Pilots

The British Airways Cadet Programme is the launchpad for an exciting career in the skies. If you can see yourself expertly navigating one of our aircraft across the globe, delivering world-leading levels of safety, security, and that unique British hospitality, then this Cadet Programme is for you.

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Military Scheme

The Direct Entry Pilot Scheme (Managed Path/UK Service Pilot) is an exciting career pathway for experienced, high calibre Qualified Service Pilots of the Army Air Corps, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines and Royal Navy who are within 2 years of their exit point.


Adjustments and Special Requirements

We are committed to being a fair and inclusive employer. We take care to follow best practice and train all our assessors to a high standard. We know that sometimes people need adjustments or have special requirements during the recruitment and assessment process. If this applies to you, please let us know by indicating it on your application form when prompted, or by emailing (quoting 'Assessment Adjustment' within the email subject header) as soon as possible. We will help wherever we can.

As members of the UK government’s Disability Confident Scheme, we are positive about employing, retaining and developing disabled people. If you apply through the Disability Confident Scheme and meet the essential criteria for the role you’ve applied for, we’ll put you through to the next stage of the recruitment process (for example, an online test). If you wish to apply through the scheme, please email (quoting ‘Disability Confident’ and the role you're applying for within the subject header) as soon as possible.

Application Journey

There is a four step process when applying as an experienced pilot to the Direct Entry Pilot or Military Scheme.

Learn more about Adjustments and Special Requirements

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Pre-Employment Checks

As a company our number one priority is to maintain the safety and security of our people and our customers. The requirement to do thorough pre-employment checks on all new joiners is essential. We have specific regulatory requirements that apply to these checks as we are an aviation business and these may feel quite complex and time consuming.

For airside roles we need to do a full 5 year pre-employment check, this includes education, ALL jobs and gaps of 28 days, or more, along with documentary evidence.

It is important that you provide us with accurate, and in-depth information as any discrepancies will cause delay and may affect your start date.

You will also need to apply for a Criminal Records Check (CRC,) as well as an overseas CRC if you have lived overseas in the last 5 years. If an overseas criminal record certificate is over 10 weeks old but you have not returned to the country of issue it is valid, if you have revisited the country during this period it is no longer valid.

Typically the CRC will take two weeks to be issued, the overseas CRC will vary from country to country. The Pre-employment checks for airside will typically take around 16 weeks, the time will vary depending on the number of jobs, or gaps we have to check, and validate.

We realise this sounds quite complex but we will work with you, and our 3rd Party suppliers to make sure the process is as seamless as possible.

Your help with the process is vital, and would be much appreciated.

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