British Airways New Pilot Recruitment Campaign Takes Off

british airways new pilot recruitment campaign

British Airways BA CityFlyer is on active look-out for pilots to fly its fleet of modern Embraer 170 and 190 jets

British Airways has launched a big new campaign to recruit experienced pilots for its regional operation.

The job opportunities have arisen with the growth of its London City schedule and increased regional flying from Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Stansted and Edinburgh airports this year.

BA CityFlyer, the wholly owned British Airways company with its home base at London City Airport, is on the look-out for all pilots to fly its fleet of 22 modern Embraer 170 and 190 jets.

The current entry requirements for captains have also been expanded. Applicants need to have completed a total of 3,000 flying hours on an aircraft greater than 10 tonnes including 1,000 hours as the pilot in command.

BA CityFlyer Head of Flight Crew Resourcing Strategy, Paul Nichols, said: “We are in the middle of tremendous growth at BA CityFlyer, 2018 is our busiest year so far with a 26% increase in the number of customer seats available to many new destinations compared to last year and the introduction of two new Embraer 190s to the fleet.

“It is a fantastic time to join this growing business and we are looking for experienced pilots who enjoy the challenge of flying from a steep approach airport like London City to some of the most beautiful airports in the UK and Europe.”

To help with its recruitment drive, the airline has appointed a team of flying ambassadors, representing pilots from all levels of seniority. They will be attending roadshows and recruitment events around the country to showcase what they do and to assist with any questions.

“Apart from the flying what I really enjoy about my job is the people I work with. London City is such a friendly base, we all know each other and when we turn up for work we know we will be working with people we really like and respect.

“London City is a challenging airfield, I love flying in and out of there, but my favourite destination has to be Nice, it is such a beautiful city to fly into,” said First Officer Florence Nottage.

“Being based at the airport I was in a great position to see the expansion first hand, exciting new destinations, a fleet of modern Embraer aircraft and the chance for career progression.

“Once I joined the company I knew I had made the right choice. The roster works really well for me, the training personnel and management are all really approachable and I really admire the safety and customer focus culture that we have,” said Captain Neil Gillon.

British Airways is a four-time winner of the World Branding Awards in the Airline category.