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Further your career as a Pilot with Virgin Atlantic

As a First Officer with Virgin Atlantic you will be joining the UK’s only exclusively long-haul airline. Predominately you’ll be flying out of London Heathrow and London Gatwick to exciting destinations such as New York, Boston, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Delhi, San Paolo, Barbados, Antigua and many more. Our pilots lead our operation every day, making the difference that our customers see and feel when they fly Virgin Atlantic.

We have one of the most technologically advanced aircraft fleets around, so you’ll have the chance to fly an industry leading modern and efficient aircraft fleet of Airbus A330/ A350s or Boeing 787s. Our A350-1000 aircraft is more fuel efficient than other planes, with the new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines generating 30% lower carbon dioxide emissions compared to Virgin Atlantic’s current 747-400 aircraft. And the A350-1000 is significantly quieter than the airline’s current planes – it will reduce the noise footprint at airports that Virgin Atlantic flies by 52%.

Pilot careers – Who are we looking for?

Within this role you will support the Aircraft Commander in the operation and management of the flight, ensuring the highest standards of safety, delighting our customers and the management of crew morale, appearance and conduct.

You should be able to exchange sound advice and information with the Commander, crew and ground teams in order to successfully operate flights to industry leading standards which define Virgin Atlantic Airways. In addition, you’ll maintain your license in accordance with the professional and medical standards required by the CAA and the business.

Setting the highest standards for your own development, you’ll possess the necessary attributes to be a Commander of a Virgin Atlantic Airways aircraft in the future. Above all, we’re looking for individuals who want to live the Virgin Atlantic mission statement, to embrace the human spirit and let it fly.

Become a Pilot

What are the requirements for becoming a Virgin Atlantic First Officer?

We’re looking for our Captains of the future and our selection and assessment programme is tailored to this. To begin your journey with Virgin Atlantic as a First Officer, you’ll need to have a minimum experience of 1500 flight hours on the Airbus A319/320/321, the Boeing 737NG/MAX or the Boeing 757/767 and actively flying one of these aircraft.

In addition, you must also have the following:

  • Current UK Class 1 medical
  • Full EASA ATPL licence (UK issued) at date of joining
  • MCC qualification
  • High level of fluency in English (certified as ICAO level 6 English Proficiency at date of application)
  • Unrestricted right to live and work in the UK

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Pilots and Future Flyers at Virgin Atlantic

Career progression and benefits

At Virgin Atlantic, we aim to nurture amazing talent and create an inspirational experience that is inclusive and enables everyone to be at their best. That’s why we’ll guide you every step of the way as you progress from First Officer to Senior First Officer to Captain.

We’ll also reward you for the time and effort you invest in us with one of the best concessionary packages in the industry. To reflect the specific needs and situations that affect our Pilots, we offer life assurance, income protection, loss of license, highest company pension contribution in the industry, Pilotshare (our profit sharing scheme), private medical cover, amazing staff travel benefits for you and your family and much more.

The journey from Cabin Crew to Pilot

Discover how Katie transitioned from Cabin Crew, where she gained invaluable knowledge about working in an airline, to a Pilot with Virgin.

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100 years of flying at Virgin Atlantic

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Being a Pilot, mum and entrepreneur

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