Sunday, June 1, 2014

British Airways Direct Entry Pilot ( DEP )

An exciting opportunity to join the British Airways A320 pilot team, and to start a rewarding career with one of the world's leading premium airlines.

Job Description

Closing Date: 7th June 2014

The Direct Entry Pilot Scheme is for experienced high calibre pilots who want to develop their careers with one of the most progressive international airlines in the business.

The Individual

Requirements for all pilots:
  • a current JAR-FCL or EASA Flight Crew Licence with Class 1 medical
  • an EU/EEA passport with the unrestricted right to live and work in the UK, and the unrestricted ability to travel globally
  • ICAO Level 6 proficiency in English language
To be considered for our current A320 shorthaul vacancies you will need:
  • a current type rating on the Airbus A320 series, with a minimum of 500 hrs experience on type - please note that preference will be given to those candidates actively operating A320 series aircraft at the point of application
  • If you previously passed BA DEP selection and entered into the Hold Pool but were not offered a vacancy, and you meet the experience requirements for this campaign, we would be delighted to prioritise your application. Please email us at to facilitate this
You as a Person:

  • You will need a first class flying record and a good level of physical fitness, and will be able to satisfy British Airways's medical requirements
  • Your height will be between1.57m (5'2") and 1.91m (6'3") with weight in proportion to height (height is accurately determined during the assessment process). Qualified pilots who are taller than 1.91m may submit an application but will be required to undergo a functionality check to confirm their ability to meet the requirements of the seating positions in the British Airways fleet of aircraft
  • You will be passionate about a career as a pilot with British Airways, and interested in accepting a first posting as an A320 First Officer at either London Heathrow or London Gatwick. While there are opportunities to move fleets with British Airways, initial fleet postings normally last a minimum of five years
  • You will already be comfortable with taking control of your own learning and professional development, and both willing and able to self-study, read widely, and continue to develop as a safety conscious professional pilot for the duration of your flying career
  • You will be comfortable flying a busy schedule, with BA flights operating 365 days a year
  • You will be comfortable working with colleagues and customers from all cultures and nationalities, and able to identify, and work, with cultural differences
  • Finally, you will have a genuine enthusiasm for our customers, and finding ways to exceed their expectations when they fly with us. You will be able to put our customers' needs at the heart of your decision making, and will be comfortable dealing with our customers face to face both when things are going to plan, but also when they're not

Application Process

Please submit a CV and covering letter (as one document). In your covering letter please detail:
  • Why you wish to leave your current position and join British Airways
  • What you can bring to our organisation and customers
  • How you believe you can help British Airways meet the operational and business challenges of the commercial aviation market
Please also answer the following application questions. Please prepare your answers in advance:
  • What do you believe constitutes effective leadership on the flight deck? In the past, how have you demonstrated these skills and qualities? (Max 300 Words)
  • Describe a situation in which you exceeded your customers' expectations. (Max 300 Words) 
To apply, please click here
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