Pilot Careers

Aer Lingus opens 2024 sponsored pilot training (part 2)

Ireland’s national airline Aer Lingus has opened the application window for its 2024 fully sponsored Future Pilot Programme.

The successful candidates will have all the training and accommodation costs paid for while training at FTEJerez, the Aer Lingus training partner.

There will be a bond to cover the cost of training and other associated costs and for a period after starting work as a First Officer. If you leave immediately following qualification, you will be liable to repay the entire cost of your training.

Applications must be made online (link below). Completed online application forms must be submitted by 17.00 GMT on Wednesday 10 April 2024.

Aer Lingus pilots

“We are looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds to join our team,” said Captain Karl O’Neill, Chief Instructor.

“Whether you have just finished school/college or simply want to change career, this could be the right move for your future. Many of our pilots have joined us from other industries, and we urge to consider doing the same.”

Successful applicants will complete 14 months of basic training in Jerez, Spain. This is followed by a four-month transition course on the Airbus A320 Family of aircraft at the Aer Lingus Training Academy in Dublin.

Essential criteria:

  • 18 years of age on or before 10 April 2024
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Eligible to live and work permanently in the EU/Ireland
  • Valid unrestricted worldwide passport
  • Able to pass an airport security vetting procedure, including a five-year background check
  • Two verifiable references
  • Able to obtain an EASA/IAA issued Class 1 Medical, including successfully passing a colour blindness test

Minimum educational requirements are specified on the website.

Apply here



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