Your Flying Future


Many dream of becoming a pilot – but how many actually try? Applying is the first step in turning your dream into reality. You can apply for our training course at any time of the year. You can begin training in one of our four courses every year.


Austrian Airlines offers you the brightest perspectives from the beginning onward.  European Flight Academy, the pilot school of the Lufthansa Group, stands for top-quality pilot training. We prepare you ab initio – from the beginning, without any prior training, and help you acquire your commercial pilot license in approximately two years. You are then ready to begin working at Lufthansa and to become part of one of the largest aviation groups in the world.


In a Cockpit within One Year

You have nothing to lose: applying to Austrian Airlines costs you nothing and does not enter you into any obligations. Should you meet the basic requirements, you are admitted to our selection procedure. Following this, you will discover a lot about yourself – successful applicants can then begin training at European Flight Academy. You’ll spend a year acquiring a theoretical foundation and then be ready to take to the skies above the deserts of Arizona in the cockpit of one of our training aircraft.

Are you ready?


Then let's go!

Training Course


Placement in one of our courses (ATPL or MPL) is decided depending on capacities at Austrian Airlines. It is thus not possible to choose between ATPL and MPL.


ATPL: Airline Transport Pilot License

The classic training course: within approx. 20–22 months, you will complete your training. You first learn to fly in a single-person cockpit, then in a multi-crew cooperation. You will receive your type rating and landing training from your employer following the training. Your training at a glance: 

MPL: Multi-Crew Pilot License

At Austrian Airlines and the flight school of the Lufthansa Group, you receive an internationally recognized commercial pilot license, the Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL). From the beginning, this program places a focus on a two-person cockpit (multi-crew cooperation). You graduate from European Flight Academy line-ready after approx. 24 months, already having specialized in an aircraft type. The MPL training at a glance:

Our Training Programs: an Overview


Permanent EU & CH residence and work permit and unrestricted passport

18 years of age at the beginning of training

Medical fitness (verification not necessary at the time of application)

Fluent English

Fluent German

Matura/Abitur (qualified for university matriculation) or a general/subject-specific higher education entrance qualification

Minimum height of 1.65 m

For wearer of glasses/contact lenses: far or nearsightedness of +3.0/-3.0 diopters (not corrected with laser surgery)

No prior psychological assessment by the DLR („keine bisherige Teilnahme an einer psychologischen Untersuchung der Luftfahrt des DLR“)

Training Courses at a Glance




Approx. 2 years (20-22 months, type rating in addition)

Approx. 2 years (24-28 months, incl. type rating)


Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Instrument Rating (IR), "frozen" Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), also allowing operations in a single-person cockpit

Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) + type rating

Cost of Training

EUR 40,000 (applicable for all courses starting until June, repayment in installments over 10 years)

EUR 40,000 (applicable for all courses starting until June, repayment in installments over 10 years)


Pre-financing by Austrian Airlines possible

Pre-financing by Austrian Airlines possible

Into Flight School in Three Steps

Your Path to Us

You meet the requirements and are fascinated by the prospects of becoming a pilot? There are only three steps necessary for you take a big leap towards that dream.

Step 1

Inform Yourself

<p>If you have questions about the pilot training at Austrian Airlines, please contact us via telephone or email. You can find the contact details at the bottom of the page.</p>

Step 2


<p>You want to apply? The following link leads you to our application portal.</p>

Apply now

Step 3


<p>Within a few days, we will get back to you to confirm having received your application. After a careful review, we will then invite you to the Austrian Airlines selection procedure.</p>

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Are you ready?


Are you ready? Then apply to the Austrian Airlines pilot training program now (there is no difference in applying for ATPL and MPL).

The following link leads you directly to our application portal, where you can upload all the necessary documentation.



How long does the pilot training take? What does it cost? Do I need to be especially athletic? Find all the relevant information on our pilot training here.

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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