Commercial Airline Hiring Requirements

Commercial Airline Hiring 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?

How many commercial airlines are in operation?

There are 5,000+ commercial airlines around the world flying all types of aircraft. Furthermore, all have different requirements when hiring professional pilots to work for them and different levels of pay. For example, if you want to fly in a specific country or for a specific airline, now is the time to learn the requirements. Therefore, you can begin preparing for your dream career. Also, it is important to familiarize yourself with the requirements of your country’s Civil Aviation Authority. We have trained pilots for hundreds of different airlines. Certainly, we 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.

What do I need to do to become a commercial airline pilot?

Because there are hundreds of commercial airlines operating worldwide, we research the requirements for you. The first requirement is to speak, listen, and communicate proficiently in English for the reason that English is the official language of aviation. Consequently, you will need strong English skills to complete your commercial flight training program. This is true no matter where you train.

How many flight hours do I need to be hired?

Once your official flight training ends, you will have to log additional flight hours to become a commercial airline pilot. Additionally, these flight hour requirements vary from county to country and from airline to airline. For example, in the United States, the FAA requires 1500 hours. However, Colombia only requires 250 hours.

How do I know if I’m qualified for a certain 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. Prior to your pilot job interview, be sure to do as much research as possible. Be sure your passport is current, because this is a standard requirement.

We have tried to provide the most useful and accurate information regarding hiring requirements for commercial airlines. However, 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!

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International Passenger M-Z

International Cargo


Passenger Airlines (USA) Commercial Airline Hiring Requirements

Alaska Airlines

Allegiant Air

American Airlines

American Eagle Airlines

Delta Air Lines

Endeavor Air

Frontier Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

jetBlue Airways

Mesa Airlines

PSA Airlines

SkyWest Airlines

Southwest Airlines

Spirit Airlines

TMC Jets/ Wheels Up (Charter)

United Airlines

Epic Graduate Flies for Republic Airways

Regional Passenger Airlines (USA) Commercial Airline Hiring Requirements

Air Wisconsin


Envoy Air (subsidiary of American Airlines Group)

GoJet Airlines

Horizon Air

Piedmont Airlines

Republic Airways

Silver Airways

Freight/Cargo (USA) Commercial Airline Hiring Requirements



Atlas Air

FedEx Express

Kalitta Air

Polar Air Cargo

UPS Airlines

International Airlines Commercial Airline Hiring Requirements


AerCaribe (Charter)

Aer Lingus

Aeroflot Russian Airlines

Aero Mongolia


AirAsia India

Air Astana

Air Atlanta Icelandic

Air Busan

Air China

Air Canada

Air Colombia

Air France KLM

Air India

Air India Express

Air Luang

Air New Zealand Group

Air Odisha

Air Panama (Regional)

Air Peace (Private/Charter)

Air Pohang (Regional)

Air Seoul (Regional)

Alliance Air

ANA – All Nippon Airways


Arik Air

Asiana Airlines

ASTA Linhas Aéreas

Austrian Airlines


Avianca Brazil

Avianca Perú

Azul Brazilian Airlines

British Airways

Caicos Express Airways (Regional)

Cathay Pacific

Cebu Pacific Air

China Airlines

China Eastern Airlines

China Southern Airlines

Clic Air

Club One Air (Charter)

Copa Airlines

Daily Air

Dana Air

Dornier Aviation Nigeria

Eastar Jet



Emirates Airline




Garuda Indonesia

Gol Transportes Aéreos

Hainan Airlines

Hunnu Airlines


ITA Airways

Japan Airlines (JAL Group)

Jeju Air


Jetstar Pacific

Jin Air


Kenya Airways

Korean Air

LATAM Brazil

LATAM Colombia

LATAM Airlines Group


Lion Air



Malaysia Airlines

Mandarin Airlines

Max Air (Charter)

Mega Aircompany

MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Nesma Airlines



Overland Airways (Cargo and Charter)


Qatar Airways

Paspaley Aviation (Charter)

Pinnacle Air (Charter)

Piquiatuba Transportes Aéreas

Prime Aviation


SARPA (Charter and Medical)

SAS Scandinavian Airlines


SCAT Airlines

Shenzhen Airlines

Singapore Airlines


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)

TUI Airways

Turkish Airlines

T’way Air

Uni Air

Ventura AirConnect (Charter)

VietJet Air

Vietnam Airlines

Virgin Atlantic


VOEPASS Linhas Aéreas

Vueling Airlines



Wizz Air

Freight/Cargo (International) Commercial Airline Hiring Requirements


Allied Air

Avianca Cargo

Blue Dart Aviation

China Airlines Cargo

DHL Aero Expreso

DHL Express

EVA Air Cargo

Korean Air Cargo

LATAM Cargo Brasil

Quikjet Airlines


Sideral Air Cargo

Total Linhas Aéreas

Transair Hawaii

Turkish Cargo

Uniworld Air Cargo

Virgin Atlantic Cargo


U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

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