Published on December 16th, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Aer Lingus Launch Pilot Recruitment Drive

There are over 100 pilot positions available, unfortunately they are just for experienced pilots. The direct entry positions will offer successful candidates the opportunity to fly the Airbus A320/321 and A330 to over 80 destinations across Europa and North America.

The pilot recruitment drive comes as Aer Lingus continue to expand, having recently announced an ambitious growth strategy that will see the North Atlantic fleet increase from 17 to 30 aircraft by 2023. To complement the A330 fleet, over the coming years, the airline will add the new Airbus A321neo long-range aircraft, giving successful pilots the opportunity to fly the longest-range, single-aisle aircraft in the world when introduced.

The airline is encouraging female pilots to apply. “We’ve a strong track record of supporting female pilots, employing twice as many compared with the international airline industry average. We are continuing to make a concerted effort to attract more female pilots and we encourage them to apply for a position to join our team.”

Candidates should be highly motivated individuals who are committed to delivering excellent service and who are tuned into the challenging commercial priorities faced by a value carrier in today’s highly competitive aviation sector. Successful candidates will be offered a very competitive package, which includes an incremental starting salary and excellent benefits.

The direct entry pilot application process is now open and will close on Friday, 28th December. Applicants are invited to apply online via the Aer Lingus careers website

Aer Lingus are not the only airline currently recruiting. Check out the links below for more details on other airlines currently recruiting pilots.



Stobart Air


British Airways

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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