UK`s Biggest Pilot Recruitment Drive Lifts Off

The biggest pilot recruitment drive yet by a UK airline has taken off at British Airways. It is seeking almost 2,500 new flight crew.

They are needed during the decade ahead because of the airline’s expansion plans, and to replace 1,500 pilots due to retire in the next 10 years.

Captain Paul Douglas, British Airways’ Head of Flight Operation Resources, said: “We are looking for more pilots now than at any other time in the history of UK civil aviation. It’s the best time ever to be looking to become a high flyer with the world’s favourite airline.

“We are in the fortunate position of being the airline that every British pilot aspires to work for, offering the best career development opportunities, the biggest variety of aircraft types and the widest route network, excellent pay and conditions, unrivalled support facilities and the highest investment in training.

“That means we can pick the very best pilots - which is great news for the airline and our customers.”


British Airways is targeting both experienced and newly trained aviators as recruits - and is particularly keen to attract more female pilots. Those who have already earned their wings, flying with other airlines or in the services, will be invited to apply to join British Airways later this year, through advertisements in Flight International magazine. In August the airline will be offering graduates and school leavers sponsorship from British Airways to join its cadet training scheme.