Welcome to the Aer Lingus 2014 Cadet Pilot Training Programme

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Aer Lingus is excited to announce the launch of its 2014 Cadet Pilot Training Programme.

This is an exceptional opportunity for individuals to train and qualify as a commercial pilot, and could be the starting point for a rewarding career with Aer Lingus.


As part of our commitment to this Cadet Pilot Programme, Aer Lingus will fund a substantial portion of the costs and provide a first class mentored programme throughout the duration of the course. This will involve regular contact with our Cadet Liaison Pilot, who will oversee your progress and provide advice and guidance throughout the training.

As a prospective Aer Lingus trainee pilot you should have a technical aptitude and display maturity, commitment, flexibility, motivation and a willingness to accept responsibility. Excellent communication, interpersonal, problem-solving and teamwork skills are essential qualities with a good appreciation of our customers' expectations.

Working as part of a team on our modern aircraft can be challenging and physically demanding. For those who thrive on responsibility and embrace professionalism, this career is both rewarding and fulfilling.

To qualify to fly a commercial aircraft, such as the Airbus A320, you have to undergo a challenging and intensive training programme.

The Course

The course is very intensive and involves a significant amount of additional study. Time off from the course is limited to set times during the programme. These will be outlined at a later stage in the recruitment process. The course is expected to begin January/February 2015.

Training Location

The training will take place at Flight Training Europe in Jerez, Spain.

The Duration

The training programme takes approximately 64 weeks to complete and consists of a number of phases.

engine.jpg Training Costs

The approximate cost of the initial training programme is €100,000. If you are successful in your application you will be required to fund approximately 25% of this training cost during the course. The payments are made directly to the Flight Training School on a phased basis over five instalments. The Flight Training School will provide further details at a later time.

Post Qualification from Flight Training

When you have qualified from flight school you will be scheduled for the Airbus A320 type rating course. The timing of these courses will be subject to pilot crewing demands. The course comprises of computer based training and simulator exercises, to ensure you have a high standard of proficiency to qualify you to fly the aircraft.


We currently have pilots located at a number of bases in Ireland and the UK. When qualified, you may be offered a position at any one of these locations.

Career Prospects

Aer Lingus currently operates an all Airbus fleet of aircraft. You will start your career on the A320 flying across Europe to our many destinations.


There may be opportunities to move on to our longhaul fleet operating on our transatlantic network.

There are also opportunities to work on projects within Flight Operations or to become an Instructor as your experience develops. Ultimately as an Aer Lingus pilot you will have the opportunity to achieve promotion to Captain.

In Aer Lingus, we encourage development and progression in everyone's career.

We hope this information has been helpful.
Please use this link if you wish to apply to the Aer Lingus Cadet Pilot Training Programme..

Cadet Pilot Training Programme