Become an Aer Lingus Pilot

We’re launching the ‘Aer Lingus Future Pilot Programme’ – a fully-sponsored, fully-mentored training platform, for aspiring pilots.

Future Pilot Programme walking

We have a rich history of supporting first-time pilots and over the last five years have trained and mentored over 50 pilots, all of whom are working for us as commercial pilots, as we continue to expand and develop new routes. We now fly to more than 100 destinations across UK, Europe and North America.

The successful candidates must excel during an intensive 14-month training programme. The recruits of 2018 will begin their aviation career as a First Officer in 2020 on our brand new Airbus A320 and A321neo long-range aircraft.

Aer Lingus A321NEO

We are making a concerted effort to attract more female applicants to the Future Pilot Programme. We’ve a strong track record in supporting female pilots. In fact, we were the first airline in Europe to employ a female pilot, Gráinne Cronin. Currently, we employ twice as many female pilots when compared with the international airline industry average.


We have embarked on significant network expansion in recent years having added six new transatlantic routes to our long haul network in the last two years which include Hartford, Los Angeles, Newark, Miami, Philadelphia and Seattle which will begin on 18th May this year.

Aer Lingus Pilots in Dublin Airport

This summer marks our largest ever long haul programme boasting 2.75 million seats across the Atlantic. We have unprecedented expansion and future growth plans, including plans to acquire new Airbus A321neo long-range in 2019, which has created the requirement for additional pilots to join the airline.

Applicants are invited to apply online via the Aer Lingus careers website The closing date for applications is 5pm, Sunday 13th May 2018.


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