Every 90 seconds, a British Airways aircraft takes off from somewhere around the globe.
Our pilots take millions of customers to hundreds of amazing destinations every year – getting front row seats to the most inspiring views with every take-off and landing.
Our Captains and First Officers are quite literally driving change, too. That’s because when they take to the skies, they’re doing it in one of the most technologically-advanced and fuel-efficient fleets of any airline in the world.
Take your career to new heights
British Airways Pilots
As a British Airways mainline pilot, you’ll be dedicated to giving customers the best possible experience on every flight. You’ll be part of a dynamic and diverse flight crew working across an ever-expanding network of both long-haul and short-haul routes, and take control of some of our newest aircraft.
Flying from London City Airport onboard the Embraer E190 aircraft, you’ll travel to some of the most popular European and domestic short-haul destinations, including Barcelona, Berlin, Milan, and Edinburgh. With around 200 Captains and First Officers operating at London City, it’s a great place to get to know your British Airways colleagues.
Based at Gatwick Airport, BA Euroflyer is the newest airline within the British Airways family. Launched in 2022, our fleet of A320 and A321 aircraft is growing, with routes to around 30 destinations across Europe. BA Euroflyer pilots will automatically join the British Airways master seniority list.
There are many ways to become a British Airways pilot. Whether you’ve got thousands of hours flying under your belt, you’re newly qualified and looking to begin a career with British Airways, or if you’re right at the start of your journey, we’re ready to welcome you to the family.
Thinking about becoming a pilot? We want to attract the best future flying talent. Our newly launched Speedbird Pilot Academy is funding up to 60 places per year at an approved flight training school to help people realise their ambition of flying with British Airways.
Our Direct Entry Pilot Scheme is an exciting career pathway for qualified Service Pilots from the Army Air Corps, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines and Royal Navy who have completed their minimum service. You’ll be flying to exacting standards in one of the world’s most modern fleets.
You’ll be asked about your motivation to join British Airways. Once you've done that, we may ask you to record answers to a series of interview questions so we can find out a bit more about you.
This is where we assess your ability to work under pressure and how you react to increasing workload with a computer-based test.
Here’s your chance to show us how well you work in a team, using a scenario you may face in your day-to-day role as a pilot with British Airways.
The moment where we can get to know each other, and for you to demonstrate you have what it takes to become a British Airways pilot.
An assessment of your performance in the flight simulator, currently the A380. You’ll then be put into a holding pool pending an offer of a start date.
We’ll conduct pre-employment and security checks; these include Criminal Record Checks (CRC) and full five-year employment checks. You’ll also be asked to share your medical forms and book your uniform fitting, security interview, and psychoactive substance test at our Waterside HQ.
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.
Rewards & Benefits
Pay and annual leave
You’ll receive a market-competitive salary and paid annual leave. As well as parental, co-parental and shared-parental leave, we also offer all primary parents the option to return to work on a reduced hours arrangement, paid at their normal basic pay for up to six months.
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' service.
We offer a market-leading defined contribution (DC) pension. Enrolled at 2% employee contributions and 7% employer with an option to increase.
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
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.
Whether you are commuting to Heathrow or heading off on holiday, you’ll be entitled to buy Express Saver tickets with a 75% discount.
Once you have completed a New Joiner form, your pre-employment checks can begin. While they may seem time consuming, our number one priority is to maintain safety and security across the business, so these checks are essential. We’re here to guide and support you through this process, which can typically take around 16 weeks.
We understand these may appear complex, but we’re here to guide and support you through this process, which can typically take around 16 weeks.
Here are some of the main things required:
Full details of your five-year background history, inclusive of employment periods (directly or via an agency), educational periods and any gaps outside of these.
As soon as you’ve submitted your employment and referee details, we’ll start contacting your referees.
Closer to your start date, you’ll need to apply for a Criminal Records Check (CRC), also known as a Disclosure Baring Service certificate (DBS), and where applicable, an overseas CRC if you have lived abroad for a continuous six months or more, in the last five years.
You’ll be invited to book your Joint Appointment at our Waterside office, which will consist of your uniform fitting, security interview and psychoactive substance test.
Direct Entry Captain for BA Euroflyer and BA Cityflyer
Current UK CAA Flight Crew Licence ATPL (A) or hold an EASA licence and have previously held a UK Part-FCL licence and meet the Third Country CPL and ATPL licence conversion requirements
Valid UK CAA Class 1 medical
A valid passport with 12 months remaining
Height between 1.57m (5’2”) and 1.91m (6’3”)
ICAO level 6
The hours required will be advertised on each vacancy