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We’re not like other carriers. As the UK’s only exclusively long-haul airline, you’ll operate from Heathrow or Manchester to some of the world’s most glamorous destinations, and when it comes to office views, our pilots have the best.

Working on one of the most technologically advanced aircraft fleets around, you’ll be flying industry leading modern and efficient aircraft fleet of Airbus A330-300s, A330neos, A350s and Boeing 787s.

When you become a Virgin Atlantic pilot, you’ll need to live up to the highest professional and safety standards, leading our operation and taking pride in making values-based decisions in the air and on the ground.

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

Our Pilot community is made up of diverse backgrounds, so respect and teamwork are fundamental. You’ll need to have a genuine passion for flying, for all aspects of aviation and want to play a key role in helping us to become the ‘Most Loved’ Travel Company.

We look for pilots to become First Officers, who have one of the following current type ratings:

  • Airbus A319/320/321/330/350
  • Boeing 737/747/757/767/777/787

You must have a minimum experience of 1,500 hours of total flying time on the above with at least 500 hours current on type (hours spent solely as a cruise pilot are not included). You also need the following:

  • Flown the aircraft type within the last 6 months
  • Achieved 200 flying hours in the last 12 months
  • Hold a current UK Class One Medical and United Kingdom or European Union Flight Crew License (ATPL) issued by the UK CAA at the date of joining
  • The ability to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English (certified as ICAO level 6 English Proficiency when applying)

Pilot Recruitment Partner

We have selected Zenon as our exclusive recruitment partner to support the recruitment process of our Pilots. The Virgin Atlantic team together with Zenon, have worked jointly to design an assessment and selection process that ensures our candidates have a great recruitment experience.

If you are interested in applying for a Pilot role, you will be directed to Zenon’s careers page where you will complete a registration and submit your application details. The Zenon team will have initial contact with you alongside supporting you throughout your application journey, from screening to final interview. The hiring decisions are made jointly with the Virgin Atlantic team as you proceed through the various recruitment stages, from initial pre-screening, psychometric assessments, simulation assessment, behavioural and technical interview.

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Join a flight crew like no other

Our Fleet

We’re investing in research, new technologies, new aircrafts and innovations to reduce our impact in the air and on the ground. We’re on a mission to create a greener future for aviation.

Our state-of-the-art fleet is a key factor to make our flight operations as carbon-efficient as possible and we have a strong history of backing new, carbon-saving technologies for continuous improvement of our operations. We can’t do it alone, and we know it won’t be fixed overnight. But we’re in it for the long haul.

Click here to learn more about our mission to be net zero by 2050.

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. 

Our pioneering spirit and passion keeps our brand alive, and with one of the best concessionary packages in the industry, we give our people the rewards and benefits that they deserve. Because the best, deserve the best. 

As a dedicated Pilot for our iconic brand, you’ll enjoy a competitive salary alongside: 

  • Private Medical Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Income Protection 
  • Generous contributory pension scheme
  • Loss of Licence cover, covering injury and illness
  • Access to our employee assistance programme and Digital GP service
  • Up to seven Free of Fare standby flights a year, plus unlimited discounted tickets, to any of Virgin Atlantic’s global destinations (did someone say Vegas!) and other industry-leading staff travel benefits*
  • A high-energy work environment that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourages you to bring your whole self to work
  • Investment in ongoing training and development

* after a qualifying period of six months

We may alter or withdraw non-contractual benefits at our discretion from time to time.

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Being a Pilot, mum and entrepreneur

Bernice Moran always dreamed of being a pilot, and safe to say her dream came true – she’s now one of our senior first officers, flying the 787. She’s also the founder of the Be Sweet Company, and mother to three children.

Read Bernice’s story
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G-VHOW do we name our aircraft?

Two of our Airbus A350s are named in honour of two very inspirational women – Eve Branson, mother of founder Richard, and Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the Suffragette movement. Ever wondered why we name aircraft and what are the rules?

Learn how we choose the names and what are the rules?
Passport to change

Our Passport to Change manifesto

We’re passionate about empowering the next generation in our communities to reach their potential. We’ve pledged £2.5 million over five years to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) initiatives with grants, sponsorships and investments.

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