Emirates is inviting applications from seasoned commanders to join its Direct Entry Captains programme for its fleet of Airbus A380s.
Emirates has launched this recruitment drive globally. Interested pilots and their families can join an online info session on 4 October, attend open days in select destinations, and keep an eye out for upcoming opportunities on Emirates’ website.
The Direct Entry Captains programme is for technically skilled captains with a minimum of 3,000 hours of recent command on Airbus fly-by-wire wide-body aircraft such as the A330, A340, A350, and A380. Candidates are required to have a minimum of 7,000 hours of total flying time on multi-crew, multi-engine aircraft, in addition to meeting other eligibility criteria.
The airline continues to invest in innovative pilot training, with its current facility housing 10 full-flight simulators. Emirates’ evidence-based in-house training programmes are delivered by highly experienced instructors and feature specially designed operating environments. The airline’s latest US$135 million, high-tech pilot training facility is set to open in March 2024. The 63,300sq.ft. facility will increase pilot training capacity by 54% and house six more full-flight simulators, including for the A350s and Boeing 777-9s.
Pilots also have access to a range of non-technical training programmes at the Emirates Aviation College and Emirates Aviation University.
In the last five months, the airline has welcomed 172 new pilots on its three recruitment programmes – Direct Entry Captains, Accelerated Command, and First Officers.
The Accelerated Command Programme is designed for Airbus Captains who currently command narrow-body aircraft and have a minimum of 1,500 hours of Airbus fly-by-wire experience. They join as A380 First Officers on an enhanced salary package. After a minimum of 700 flying hours and two successful recurrent checks, they’re eligible for an accelerated command upgrade, which they typically achieve in a little over a year.
First Officer candidates must have multi-engine, multi-crew aircraft experience, a valid International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), and a minimum of 2,000 hours on 20-tonne maximum take-off weight aircraft.