Your Flying Future

BEGINNING YOUR CAREER

TAKE OFF AT AUSTRIAN AIRLINES

You’re looking to turn your dream of flying into reality at Austrian Airlines? With the ATPL/MPL pilot training program at European Flight Academy, you have the possibility of joining Austria's largest airline once you graduate.

Life of a Pilot

YOUR PERSONAL DUTY PLAN

Naturally, a pilot career means you will work outside of normal office hours – but that doesn’t mean you don’t have time for a private life and things that are important to you. You also have control over your duty plan, even on a short haul schedule.

 

In addition, Austrian Airlines also offer attractive part-time opportunities, allowing you to balance your life in the air with your family.

Short Haul

SEVERAL FLIGHTS A DAY

On a short haul duty plan, you have several flights a day and might even return home in the evening, depending on your destinations. You have a certain level of control over your working hours and duties, having the ability to request certain routes and times. Many pilots strive to work in a long haul cockpit, but there are flight captains who appreciate the rhythm of a short haul career.

Long Haul

ONE OR TWO FLIGHTS A WEEK

A long haul rhythm: you usually have one or two outbound and one return flight per week, spending a few days in the destination country in between – time to get to know cities and countries around the world.

Career Progression and Further Training

ALWAYS ONE STEP AHEAD

No day is like the next. Every day, crews come together in different ways to discover new destinations, requiring a high level of flexibility and problem solving. Our pilots take their duty very seriously. Several times a year, they return to the flight simulator for re-training, which is in addition to training sessions, seminars, check flights, acquiring new skills, and emergency training.

 

Your first type rating is usually for short- and medium-haul aircraft such as the Airbus A320. After a few years, you then learn to fly wide-body aircraft, preparing for your move into a long-haul life.

FIRST OFFICER (UNDER SUPERVISION)

You carry out your first commercial flights together with a captain specialized in training. Your training on commercial routes takes three months. After this time “line flying under supervision”, it’s time for your big moment: your check flight to become a First Officer (FO).

FIRST OFFICER

You are now a full-fledged member of the cockpit and a partner in the cockpit team. The captain and first officer make decisions together. They are both responsible for a safe, economic and punctual flight. 

CAPTAIN

The captain training is the logical next step. And then it is finally yours: that left-hand seat in one of our cockpits and the fourth stripe on the sleeve of your uniform.

OUTSIDE THE COCKPIT

Even on the ground, exciting development opportunities await you: whether as check or training captains who train new pilots or evaluate them in simulator check flights twice a year, respectively. Or you move to a position that includes both pilot training and business acumen. 

Q&A

DO YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

How long does the pilot training take? How high are the costs? Do I need to be especially athletic? Here, you’ll find all you need to know on pilot training.

How old do I need to be when starting pilot training?

You need to be at least 18 years old when beginning the training. Please note that you can already submit your application for our MPL program when you are 17 years of age; for our ATPL program, you need to be 18 years old to apply.

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What nationalities are admitted?

You need a permanent EU & CH residence with a work permit and an unrestricted passport to be able to apply.

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Is professional experience required?

No professional experience is required.

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