Aer Lingus seeking 100 new pilots as part of ambitious Atlantic growth plan


  Aer Lingus has announced its largest ever pilot recruitment drive with over 100 direct entry pilot positions available at its home base in Dublin Airport. It said pilots would be flying Airbus A320/1 and Airbus A330 to over 100 destinations across British, Europe and North American routes. In all, the airline aims to recruit more than 200 pilots over the next three years.

The fleet is also expanding as Aer Lingus is due to take delivery of eight new Airbus A321 Neo Long Range aircraft in the next few years as well as a new Airbus A330 aircraft by the end of 2017. It’s become a sellers’ market for pilots with airlines, including Ryanair, Norwegian and Far Eastern carriers vying to snap up talent.

Pilots in demand in Dublin

Mike Rutter, Aer Lingus Chief Operating Officer said: “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. There are more than 100 positions available for direct entry pilots and over the next three years we plan to recruit up to 200.”

Applicants are invited to apply online via the Aer Lingus careers website The closing date for applications is October 29, 2017.

Essential criteria include:

  • A valid EASA issued ATPL (or frozen ATPL)
  • A current ME/IR
  • MCC qualification
  • EASA Class 1 Medical certificate
  • Provide 3 verifiable references
  • English Language Proficiency level 5 or higher
  • Permanently eligible to live and work in the EU with an unrestricted worldwide passport.
  • Able to pass a strict airport security vetting procedure
  • Possession and demonstration of the key competencies outlined below

Key competencies:

  • 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
  • A Safety focus consistent with our ‘Just Culture’ model

Desirable criteria:

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

Recruitment Process:

  • Apply on line with your Curriculum Vitae
  • On-Line psychometric assessments
  • Assessment centre in Dublin
  • Final Selection, reference checks and medical






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