Around 40% of Emirates’ pilots have been with the airline for 10+ years
Whether it’s an incredible vacation, a rock concert, a friend’s wedding, or a mother’s warm embrace, airline pilots connect people with locations and assist in helping create priceless memories.
In recognition of their invaluable contributions to international air travel and the success of the airline, Emirates salutes its highly qualified pilots on World Pilots’ Day while also continuing to look for First Officers and seasoned Captains.
Today, the airline employs about 4,000 pilots from 111 different countries, 400 of whom are proud Emirati citizens.
The first Emirati cadet pilot enlisted in 1986 and finished a successful 20-year career by retiring as a captain.
Many pilots have developed alongside the airline. Inspiringly, Emirates currently employs 1,380 pilots who have been with the company for between 10 and 19 years, 173 for between 20 and 29 years, and 5 for a full 30 years.
The two Emirates pilots with the longest tenure—over 34 years—joined the company on the same day in 1989.
The airline is strengthening its network, preparing to take delivery of its Airbus A350s starting in mid-2024, and growing its pilot community as a result of planned recruitment efforts.
Over 900 new pilots have joined the airline’s three recruitment programs—Direct Entry Captains, Accelerated Command, and First Officers—since the year 2022 began.
With Emirates’ continuous investments, its pilots fly one of the world’s youngest and most modern fleet of 260 all wide-body aircraft of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s. The airline’s pilots fly to six continents and 140 diverse destinations – from San Francisco to Auckland – and across all terrains – over glaciers, deserts, forests, canyons, marshes and mountains, even the North Pole.
Emirates has always been at the cutting-edge of pilot training with a facility that currently houses 10 full-flight simulators for A380s and 777s. Emirates invests in robust, evidence-based training programmes in-house with highly experienced instructors in specially designed environments. This ensures pilots find flying the airline’s fleet professionally challenging, fulfilling, interesting, and exciting. Running 24/7, the training team runs every kind of course – from type conversion to command development.
The airline is investing US$135 million in building a new, highly advanced pilot training facility spanning 63,318sq.ft that’s set to open in March 2024. The facility will house 6 more full-flight simulators for its future fleet, including the A350 and Boeing 777-9 aircraft.
Pilots also have access to a range of non-technical training programmes at the Emirates Aviation College and Emirates Aviation University. They enjoy well-defined career paths at Emirates, and can advance to roles in management, training and recruitment.
Emirates’ mainly expatriate pilot community relishes living and working in a safe, secure, multicultural environment with colleagues from over 170 nationalities that is reflective of its hub, Dubai. Pilots receive a competitive tax-free salary, spacious accommodation, education allowance, and excellent dental, medical and life cover. They also enjoy chauffeur-driven transport to and from work, laundry services, 42 days annual leave, annual leave tickets, concessional cargo, discounted travel benefits for friends and family, and much more.
Ramping up pilot recruitment
After a successful pilot recruitment roadshow in Hong Kong and Singapore through March and April, next on the pilot recruitment agenda is an online information session on Wednesday, 10 May 2023 at 1pm, Dubai time.
Interested pilots, who would like to learn more about the various flight deck roles, should register here and can get more info on entry requirements here.
A380 Direct Entry Captain
This programme is for technically proficient commanders with a minimum of 3,000 hours of recent command on Airbus fly-by-wire wide body such as the A330, A340, A350, and A380, and minimum of 7,000 hours of total flying time on multi-crew, multi-engine aircraft, in addition to meeting other eligibility criteria.
Accelerated Command Programme
Primarily designed for experienced Airbus Captains, who currently command narrow-body aircraft on regional routes, and wish to dial up their careers by working with a global airline brand. Captains with a minimum of 1,500 hours of Airbus fly-by-wire experience will join Emirates as A380 First Officers on an enhanced salary package. They are eligible for an accelerated command upgrade after a minimum of 700 flying hours and two successful recurrent checks. Typically, Emirates pilots achieve these milestones in a little over a year as they fly a mix of ultra-long, long- and short-haul routes.
Candidates for First Officer roles must have multi-engine, multi-crew aircraft experience, a valid International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), and a minimum of 2,000 hours on 20-tonne maximum take-off weight aircraft.
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