Tuesday 24 April 2018

Aer Lingus is hiring 100 pilots - here's how to apply and what you could earn

Aer Lingus pilots: Picture Jason Clarke
Aer Lingus pilots: Picture Jason Clarke
Aer Lingus pilots. Photo: Jason Clarke
Aer Lingus pilots. Photo: Jason Clarke
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Aer Lingus has launched its biggest ever pilot recruitment drive as its European and transatlantic schedules continues to grow.

More than 100 direct entry pilot positions are now available at its home base in Dublin Airport, with candidates invited to apply before October 29.

The airline hopes to employ over 200 pilots over the next three years, starting on a package of around €72,000 a year for Airbus type rated pilots (including average variable flight associated pay of approximately €18,000).

Non Airbus type rated pilots have a reduced package for the first year of approximately €59,000, including the same average variable flight associated pay.

They also receive a company pension contribution of 21pc.

So what do you need to apply?

Aer Lingus pilots. Photo: Jason Clarke
Aer Lingus pilots. Photo: Jason Clarke

1. Essential criteria

  • A valid EASA issued Airline Transport Pilot License (or frozen ATPL) 
  • A current ME/IR (instrument and multi-engine ratings)
  • MCC (Multi-Crew Co-operation Course) qualification
  • EASA Class 1 Medical certificate
  • Two verifiable references
  • English Language Proficiency level 5 or higher
  • Eligible to live and work in the EU with an unrestricted worldwide passport
  • Able to pass a strict airport security vetting procedure

2. Key Competencies include

  • Highly motivated and keen to take responsibility and accountability
  • Strong leadership potential with well developed teamwork skills
  • Excellent communication skills - fluent in English, spoken and written
  • Proven Interpersonal skills that fit with the Aer Lingus value
  • A broad awareness of our customers' expectations
  • Flexible and adaptable with an enthusiastic and positive attitude to change
  • An understanding of a pilot’s influence on commercial priorities

3. Desirable criteria

  • Applicants who hold a current Airbus type-rating
  • Multi-crew commercial experience or 500 hours

Candidates will apply online, undergoing online psychometric assessments before a final round of assessments in Dublin on January 22 next.

Successful pilots will start on A320/321 aircraft on the Aer Lingus short-haul network. Over time, they may move onto its long-haul fleet (the airline is due to take delivery of a new A330 this year, and eight new Airbus A321 Neo LR in the near future).

"We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are committed to delivering our excellent service and who are tuned into the challenging commercial priorities faced by a value carrier in today’s highly competitive aviation sector," said Mike Rutter, Aer Lingus Chief Operating Officer.

Aer Lingus pilots. Photo: Jason Clarke
Aer Lingus pilots. Photo: Jason Clarke

Aer Lingus recently launched a hiring drive for cabin crew ahead of its summer 2018 schedule, though this process has now closed.

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