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Pilot Recruitment

Our pilots lead our operation every day, making the difference that our customers see and feel when they fly Virgin Atlantic. Virgin Atlantic has one of the most technologically advanced aircraft fleets around, operating a mix of different aircraft from the “jumbo” Boeing 747 to the innovative new Boeing 787 which continue to join our fleet.

Recent Aircraft Acquisition

In addition, we have recently announced a $4.4 billion order for 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft. The investment comes as part of a fleet modernisation programme which will see 50 per cent of our airline’s planes replaced in a six year period – making it one of the world’s youngest fleets.

The aircraft is more fuel efficient than other planes, with the new Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines generating 30 per cent 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 per cent.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the A350 to Virgin Atlantic” Richard Branson said. “It is an outstanding aircraft from both a customer and sustainability point of view. Sustainable growth and meeting our carbon targets is incredibly important to us, and the aircraft’s environmental credentials were a genuine factor in our selection.”


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Pilots – 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, discipline, conduct and appearance.

Setting the highest standards for your own development, supported by Virgin Atlantics industry leading training and development processes, 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 those who want to live the Virgin Atlantic mission statement, to embrace the human spirit and let it fly.

To join us as a type rated First Officer we usually require the following:

  • 2,500 hours experience on an Airbus or Boeing aircraft and 500 hours ‘on type’
  • UK issued EASA ATPL
  • To be a native English speaker or have certified as ICAO Level 6 English language proficiency at date of application
  • The right to work in the UK
  • An MCC qualification
  • Hold a current UK Class one Medical


For our current Pilot vacancies please search now, or register your details and we’ll alert you when a role becomes available.