Commercial Airline Hiring Requirements

commercial airline pilot requirements

Our flight students train 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? There are 5,000+ commercial airlines around the world, and all have different requirements when hiring professional pilots to work for them and different levels of pay. 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. It also important to familiarize yourself with the requirements of your country’s Civil Aviation Authority. We have trained pilots for hundreds of different airlines and are proud of our students who have achieved their dreams. Numerous airlines recognize Epic Flight Academy as a preferred flight training facility and offer preferential consideration for Epic ATPs.

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!

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

PSA Airlines

SkyWest Airlines

Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines

TMC Jets (Charter)

United Airlines

Virgin America

Regional Passenger (USA):

Air Wisconsin


Envoy Air (subsidiary of American Airlines Group)

ExpressJet (subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc.)

Horizon Air

Republic Airways

Freight (USA):



Atlas Air

FedEx Express

Kalitta Air

Polar Air Cargo

UPS Airlines

International Airlines:

AerCaribe (Charter)

Aer Lingus

Aeroflot Russian Airlines

Aerolínea de Antioquia ADA

Aero Mongolia

Aexpa (Charter)


AirAsia India

Air Astana

Air Atlanta Icelandic

Air Busan

Air China

Air Canada

Air Colombia

Air Deccan

Air France KLM

Air India

Air India Express

Air New Zealand Group

Air Odisha

Air Panama (Regional)

Air Peace (Private/Charter)

Air Pohang (Regional)

Air Seoul (Regional)

Al Anwar Aviation


Alliance Air

ANA – All Nippon Airways


Arik Air

ASACO (Charter)

Asiana Airlines

Associated Aviation

ASTA Linhas Aéreas

Austrian Airlines AG


Avianca Brazil

Avianca Perú

Azul Brazilian Airlines

Azman Air

Bek Air

Berkut Air

British Airways

Caicos Express Airways (Regional)


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)

Copa Airlines

Daily Air

Dallah Avco

Dana Air

Deccan Charters

Dornier Aviation Nigeria

Dove Airlines (Charter)

Eastar Jet



East Wing (Private)

Emirates Airline


Far Eastern Air Transport

First Nation Airways


Fly Divine (Charter)


Garuda Indonesia


Gol Transportes Aéreos

Hak Air

Hainan Group (HNA Group)

Hunnu Airlines


Jagson Airlines

JAL Group (Japan Airlines)

Jal Hans (Charter)

Jeju Air

Jet Airways


Jetstar Pacific

Jin Air

Kaz Air Trans


Korean Express Air

Korean Air

LATAM Airlines Colombia

LATAM Airlines Group


LC Perú

Lion Air


Malaysia Airlines

Mandarin Airlines

MAP Linhas Aéreas

Max Air (Charter)

Med-View Airline

Mega Aircompany

MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Nesma Airlines



Overland Airways (Cargo and Charter)


Qatar Airways

Quikjet Airlines

Passaredo Transportes Aéreas

Pearl Aviation (Charter)

Peruvian Airlines

Pinnacle Air (Charter)

Piquiatuba Transportes Aéreas

Prime Aviation


SARPA (Charter and Medical)

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia)

SaudiGulf Airlines

SCAT Airlines

Searca SA

Shenzhen Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Sky Pearl Aviation (Charter)


Spirit Air (Charter)

StarLux Airlines

Star Perú

Sunday Airlines (Charter)


Supreme Airlines (Charter)

SWISS (Swiss International Air Lines)

TAC Colombia (Charter)

Taj Air (Charter)

Thai Airways International

Tigerair Taiwan

Titan Aviation (Charter)

Turkish Airlines

TruJet (Regional)

TUI Airways

T’way Air

Uni Air

Ventura AirConnect (Charter)

Vertical de Aviación (Charter)

VietJet Air

Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Air Services Company

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Australia Airlines


Viva Air Colombia (Charter)

Viva Air Perú

Vueling Airlines



Zoom Air

Freight (International):

AerCaribe (Cargo)

Aexpa (Cargo)

Air Cargo Mongolia

Aircompany ATMA

Allied Air

Avianca Cargo

Blue Dart Aviation

China Airlines Cargo

DHL Aero Expreso

DHL Express

EVA Air Cargo

Korean Air Cargo

LATAM Cargo Brasil

Líneas Aéreas Suramericanas (Cargo)



SELVA – Servicios Aéreos del Vaupes

Sideral Air Cargo

SNAS Aviation

Total Linhas Aéreas


Turkish Cargo

Uniworld Air Cargo

Virgin Atlantic Cargo



U.S. Customs and Border Patrol