Create lasting memories in the latest aircraft
We have invested heavily in new aircraft, including Airbus A350s and A320neos, and B777s and B787s. Which means our pilots get to fly one of the world’s most diverse fleets. You need superior flying skills to make the grade – and a special kind of mindset and approach.
When you put on the British Airways uniform, you’re a true ambassador of the brand. A role model and leader who can make such a difference to the experience of thousands of customers. This is the airline to join if you respect what it means to fly for a flag carrier – and want to give everything you have, every time you fly.
Through Direct Entry, we recruit experienced pilots who are motivated by performing to the highest standards. We're looking for ambitious pilots who want to share their insight and ideas to drive innovation, impress customers and outperform the competition.
The British Airways Cadet Programme is the launchpad for a career in the skies. We’re the people to train with if you want to fly customers around the world, while offering a uniquely British experience.
Within two years of your exit point? Our Direct Entry Pilot Scheme (Managed Path/UK Service Pilot) is an exciting career pathway for experienced, high calibre Qualified Service Pilots from the Army Air Corps, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines and Royal Navy.
There is a four step process when applying as an experienced pilot to the Direct Entry Pilot or Military Scheme.
You’ll be invited to complete an online application form. Each application will be screened individually by a member of the British Airways Pilot recruitment team. Those who pass the initial screening process will be invited to attend the first selection day.
2. Two Day Selection Process
The selection process will take place over two days at the British Airways Recruitment Centre at Waterside, near London Heathrow Airport. The first day will involve a Right to Work check, followed by aptitude tests including verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and one computer based capacity assessment. Those candidates who are successful on day one will be invited to attend the second day of the selection process. This will comprise a group exercise and an interview with a British Airways Pilot and an HR colleague. Please note that these two selection days are run separately, and there is not normally the option to attend the two days concurrently.
3. Simulator Assessment
If you’re successful at the second assessment day, you’ll be invited to undergo a simulator assessment. This will take place at the British Airways Flight Training Centre, near Heathrow. The simulator assessment will normally be undertaken on a B747-400 or B767 simulator with one of our Training Pilots.
4. Hold Pool
If you’re successful at all stages of the selection process, you’ll be contacted and placed into our DEP Hold Pool until a suitable vacancy becomes available, at which time you’ll be offered a First Officer’s position with the airline. Candidates are normally offered a maximum of 12 months in the hold pool, during which we will endeavour to match you to a vacancy. We are committed to hiring the very best talent from across the industry and we cannot wait for you to join us at this incredibly exciting time.
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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.