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Direct Entry Pilots

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Direct Entry Pilot Scheme

The Direct Entry Pilot Scheme is for experienced pilots who want to develop their careers with one of the most progressive international airlines in the business.

It takes just a quick glance at what we offer our flight crew to realise why this is one of the most sought after career opportunities within the commercial aviation sector.

Pilots joining British Airways become part of an operation characterised by a world class reputation for customer service and safety. We offer our pilots exciting career development prospects and more choice of fleet types and route networks, covering longhaul and shorthaul flying, than any other UK airline.

As well as having access to the most modern commercial aircraft in the world, our pilots are respected beyond the flight deck and take pride in the customer-focused airline they lead.


British Airways offers a competitive salary with additional flying pay and duty allowances.

British Airways Retirement Plan (BARP) is the pension scheme for all new employees. This is a ‘contracted in’, defined contribution scheme. Additionally members of BARP will, subject to a qualifying period, qualify for an Income Transition Scheme.

Access to an industry leading roster bidding system.

All pilots are eligible for non contributory Loss of Licence scheme provided by the Company.

British Airways provides a non contributory Healthcare plan for all pilots.

British Airways offers extensive staff travel benefits to all employees and their eligible nominees.

The above information is advisory only and in no way supersedes the terms and conditions contained within any contract of employment subsequently offered by British Airways.

Direct Entry Pilot Application Process


You will be invited to complete an online application form. Each application will be screened individually by a member of the British Airways pilot recruitment team. Those who pass the initial screening process will be invited to attend the first selection day.

Two Day Selection Process

The selection process will take place over two days at the British Airways Recruitment Centre at Waterside, near London Heathrow Airport. The first day will involve a Right to Work check, followed by aptitude tests including verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and two computer based capacity assessments.

Those candidates who are successful on day one will be invited to attend the second day of the selection process. This will comprise a group exercise and an interview with a British Airways pilot and an HR Associate.

Please note that these two selection days are run separately, and there is not normally the option to attend the two days concurrently.

Simulator Assessment

If you are successful at the second assessment day you will be invited to undergo a simulator assessment.  This will take place at the British Airways Flight Training Centre, near Heathrow. The simulator assessment will normally be undertaken on a B757-200 simulator with one of our training pilots.

Hold Pool

Candidates who are successful at all stages of the selection process will be contacted and placed into our DEP Hold Pool until a suitable vacancy becomes available, at which time they will be offered a first officer’s position with the airline. Candidates are normally offered a maximum of 12 months in the hold pool, during which we will endeavour to match successful candidates with a vacancy.

Thank you for your interest in joining British Airways, and we hope you decide to apply to join our team.

To apply for the Direct Entry Pilot Scheme - Longhaul, please click here.

To apply for the Direct Entry Pilot Scheme – A320, please click here.