Commercial Airline Hiring Requirements

commercial airline pilot requirements

Our flight students are training to become commercial airline pilots. If becoming a professional airline pilot is your dream, we are here to help. Flight training is the first step, but what happens when it’s time to fly for a major airline? Commercial airlines around the world have different requirements when hiring professional pilots to work for them. If you want to fly in a specific country or for a specific airline, now is the time to learn the requirements so you can get ready for your dream career.

With hundreds of commercial airlines operating worldwide, we’ve researched the requirements for you. The first requirement is to speak, listen, and communicate proficiently in English, which is the official language of aviation. You will need strong English skills to complete your commercial flight training program no matter where you train. Once your official flight training ends, you will have to log additional flight hours to become a commercial airline pilot. These flight hour requirements vary from county to country and from airline to airline. Below is a list of commercial airlines to help you understand the requirements of each. When it’s time to find a job with the airlines, it pays to be well informed.

Although we have tried to provide the most useful and accurate information here regarding hiring requirements for commercial airlines, we encourage you to confirm these requirements for yourself as they are subject to change. We wish you a great career as a commercial pilot!

Mainline Passenger (USA):

Alaska Airlines

Allegiant Air

American Airlines

American Eagle Airlines

Atlantic Southeast Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Endeavor Air

ExpressJet Airlines

Frontier Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

jetBlue Airlines

Mesa Airlines

SkyWest Airlines

Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines

United Airlines

Virgin America

Regional Passenger (USA):

Envoy Air (subsidiary of American Airlines Group)

ExpressJet (subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc.)

Freight (USA):

Ameriflight

Atlas Air

FedEx Express

Polar Air Cargo

UPS Airlines

International Airlines:

AerCaribe (Charter)

Aer Lingus

Aeroflot Russian Airlines

Aerolínea de Antioquia ADA

Aexpa (Charter)

Air Canada

Air Colombia

Air France KLM

AirAsia

AirAsia India

Air Atlanta Icelandic

Air China

Air Deccan

Air India

Air India Express

Air New Zealand Group

Air Odisha

Al Anwar Aviation

Alitalia

Alliance Air

ANA – All Nippon Airways

AnadoluJet

ASACO (Charter)

Asiana Airlines

Austrian Airlines AG

Avianca

Avianca Perú

British Airways

Cathay Pacific

Cebu Pacific Air

Central Charter de Colombia

Chhattisgarth Air Link

China Airlines

China Eastern Airlines

China Southern Airlines

Club One Air (Charter)

Confident Airlines (Private)

Dallah Avco

Deccan Charters

Dove Airlines (Charter)

EasyFly

easyJet

Emirates Airline

Flyadeal

Fly Divine (Charter)

flynas

Garuda Indonesia

GoAir

Gol Linhas Aereas

Hainan Group

IndiGo

Jagson Airlines

JAL Group (Japan Airlines)

Jal Hans (Charter)

Jet Airways

Jetstar

Kingfisher Airlines

Korean Air

LATAM Airlines Colombia

LATAM Airlines Group

LATAM Perú

LC Perú

Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas (Cargo)

Lion Air

Lufthansa

Malaysia Airlines

Nesma Airlines

Norwegian

Qantas

Qatar Airways

Quikjet Airlines

Pearl Aviation (Charter)

Peruvian Airlines

Pinnacle Air (Charter)

Ryanair

SARPA (Charter and Medical)

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia)

SaudiGulf Airlines

Searca SA

Shenzhen Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Sky Pearl Aviation (Charter)

SpiceJet

Star Perú

SunExpress

Swiss

TAC Colombia (Charter)

TAM Linhas Aereas

Thai Airways International

Thomson Airways

Turkish Airlines

Vertical de Aviación (Charter)

Vietnam Airlines

Virgin Blue Airlines

Viva Air Colombia (Charter)

Viva Air Perú

Vueling Airlines

WestJet

Wingo

Freight (International)

AerCaribe (Cargo)

Aexpa (Cargo)

Avianca Cargo

Blue Dart Aviation

DHL Express

DHL International ME

SADELCA

SATENA

SELVA – Servicios Aéreos del Vaupes

SNAS Aviation

Turkish Cargo

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