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Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, and British Airways recruiting First Officers

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Major airlines including Emirates, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic are running recruiting drives to fill First Officer positions for Boeing and Airbus aircraft as aviation continues to struggle with a global pilot shortage.

Emirates, situated in Dubai, is hiring First Officers for its fleet of Airbus A380 and Boeing B777 aircraft.

The airline, according to its website, wants pilots with multi-engine, multi-crew aircraft expertise with a minimum of 2000 flying hours on aircraft with a Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) of more than 20T or a minimum of 3000 flying hours on aircraft with an MTOW of between 10T and 20T.

The generous employment package Emirates is hoping will entice qualified First Officers from all over the world include incentives such as an AED 30,826 (about USD 8,393) tax-free monthly pay, company-provided housing, and education allowance for up to three children.

From August 11–13, 2022, the airline will host roadshows at Manchester, Luton North, and Gatwick airports to attract pilots.

For the first time since 2020, Virgin Atlantic has started hiring First Officers for both its Airbus and Boeing fleets.

Virgin Atlantic established a holding pool to welcome back pilots and cabin workers when flights began to resume following the epidemic. Virgin Atlantic is now prepared to resume external recruitment because every holding pool pilot who made it through the interview process has either rejoined or confirmed start dates.

The airline estimates that it will require 100 extra pilots by the summer of 2023, 60 more by the summer of 2024, and 40 more by the summer of 2025.

Additionally, British Airways is seeking direct entry First Officers for its UK hubs at Heathrow and Crawley (EuroFlyer).

The national airline of the United Kingdom requires pilots to have a valid type rating and 500 flight hours (or 100 sectors) in an aircraft that qualifies for Zero Flight Time.

The openings resulted from this year’s increased regional flying from Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Stansted, and Edinburgh airports as well as the expansion of the airline’s London City schedule.

Photo cover via Twitter: @emirates

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