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Future Pilot Programme

Choosing to become a pilot is a life-changing decision as well as a huge financial commitment. Here at British Airways we believe in investing in the future, and that is why we have developed a unique programme to offer anyone with the right skills, passion and potential the chance to realise their dream of becoming an airline pilot.

We’re proud of the Future Pilot Programme – our flagship sponsored pilot training scheme that is designed to select and train aspiring pilots, who currently have little or no flying experience.

We’re seeking only the most able candidates with the determination to rise to the challenges of our comprehensive programme. Once you have successfully completed your training, you can look forward to continuing your journey with one of the world’s leading airlines and taking to the skies as a first officer on one of our London-based short haul fleets.

If you can see yourself expertly navigating one of our aircraft across the globe, delivering world-leading levels of safety, security, and customer service, then the Future Pilot Programme may be for you.

We’ve approved three world-class Flight Training Organisations (FTOs) to provide training for the Future Pilot Programme so that your career can have the best possible start. When you apply for the programme you’ll have to state your preferred choice; it’s very important that you take the time now to familiarise yourself with each FTO and select the one you would wish to train at.

The programme then involves British Airways and the approved FTOs working together to find and select the most able aspiring pilots who will, if successful, be offered not only a sponsored place on an approved ab-initio training programme, but also a conditional offer of a contract of employment as a British Airways first officer. What will follow will be a challenging course of British Airways-mentored training that will take you from little or no experience, to the first officer’s seat in one of our short haul aircraft like the Airbus A320 or Boeing 737.

Whichever FTO you choose, you can be sure that there’s a long journey ahead. Training on this programme will involve many hundreds of hours of ground school study, flying training, jet orientation on a modern flight simulator and finally a type rating at the British Airways Flight Training centre.

While all the courses are equally intense, there are some important differences. To find out more about each FTO please visit the dedicated pages on their websites: