Emirates seeks to recruit new A380 pilots with tempting set of perks

Two Emirates Airbus A380s were forced to divert to other airports due to bad weather at LHR
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Dubai based flag-carrier Emirates is looking to recruit new pilots to fly its fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft.

As well as securing one of the most lucrative positions in the aviation industry, potential future Emirates A380 pilots are also being offered a host of impressive perks.

The airline is inviting experienced pilots to apply for positions as captain and first officer with a virtual recruitment afternoon, taking place on October 4, 2023, with the Emirates recruitment team.

A380 Direct Entry Captains’ Program

To join the A380 direct entry captains’ program, Emirates requests that prospective employees have accrued a “minimum of 7,000 hours total flying time multi-crew, multi-engine”.

Only time spent operating a turboprop and/or turbojet aircraft can qualify, and not periods that have been spent in a simulator.

It is also a requirement that those applying have recently obtained a minimum of 3,000 hours in command of an Airbus fly-by-wire (FBW) wide-body aircraft, which includes the A330, A340, A350 and A380.

For successful candidates, contracts will be open-ended and include a full monthly roster with a minimum of eight days’ leave.

Flights are single or multi-sector and can be one to nine days in duration, with layover periods generally lasting 24 to 48 hours. New pilots will receive a salary of $12,000 a month, tax-free.

Other benefits will include concessional travel tickets, accommodation provided by Emirates and 42 days holiday a year.

If pilots have children, Emirates will also provide $12,000 a year per child for schooling.

Pilots will be chauffeured to the airport when they are on duty and then driven home following their shift.

Business class upgrades to first class, free company uniform dry cleaning and an annual profit share are also included.

Accelerated Command

Emirates are also recruiting pilots to join as A380 first officers on an “enhanced salary package with an accelerated command upgrade scenario”.

Recruits will need to have operated in the right-hand seat for a minimum of 700 stick hours and complete two Pilot Proficiency Checks (PPC’s).

If they meet the required standards and display the necessary level of performance, they will then be eligible for accelerated command via an assessment process and an upgrade course.

To qualify for the opportunity, candidates will need to have had a “minimum of 6,000 hours on multi-crew, multi-engine aircraft” and currently be “type rated as a commander on an Airbus FBW aircraft with a minimum of 1,500 hours on type”.

Those accepted onto the program will receive a salary of $9,923 a month tax-free and benefit from 42 days holiday a year.

More information about Emirates’ recruitment drive can be found on its career opportunities webpage.

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