Edelweiss and the European Flight Academy


The European Flight Academy is the flight academy of Lufthansa Group and thus also trains the pilots for Edelweiss. As a pilot trainee, you benefit from the extensive experience of our coaches and instructors. Your training will bring you unforgettable experiences, such as your first solo flight taking off from the runway in Goodyear (Arizona) or Vero Beach (Florida).

Edelweiss for Pilots

Highest Quality of Products and Service

With 1.73 million passengers transported in 2017, Edelweiss is the leading Swiss leisure airline. As a subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines and a member of the Lufthansa Group, the airline flies to 70 destinations in 34 countries. 1,000 employees in the air and on the ground ensure smooth operations at Edelweiss.


With its typically Swiss focus on quality, Edelweiss seeks to reliably and safely help passengers get to their dream destinations. Based in Zurich, the airline is continually expanding its fleet and route network to ensure a bright future. Pilots looking to take off with Edelweiss will thus find the perfect opportunity for a successful career in the air.

The Best Place for Anyone Who Dreams of Flying

The European Flight Academy

The European Flight Academy has united Lufthansa Group’s flight academies under one roof since 2017. Today, the academy trains prospective pilots for all Lufthansa Group airlines on a fleet of more than 50 modern training aircraft stationed in Germany, Switzerland, and the USA. Our training courses follow one particular goal: to bring excellent pilots, male and female, into the airlines’ cockpits.


The Lufthansa Group flight academies have successfully trained pilots since 1955. And much has changed since then – new technology has become part of our daily lives, and the pilot profession has changed, too. What remains is the fascination of flying.

Why  European Flight Academy?

Your Advantages

Because the European Flight Academy is the flight academy of Lufthansa Group, many of our coaches and instructors have considerable experience as airline pilots. Against this backdrop, there is a constant knowledge transfer from Lufthansa Group airlines – and the other way around. This means that you already get close to the airlines at an early stage.


At the European Flight Academy, you not only receive pilot training adhering to the highest standards but also have great prospects of a career at one of the Lufthansa Group airlines. The EFA Career Support effectively helps you achieve this goal.

6 Good Reasons

Facts and Figures

  • Develops pilots and guides them through the pilot training of Lufthansa Group
  • More than 60 years of experience

  • The training concept offers two paths to a professional pilot license

  • 7 training locations in Switzerland, Germany and the US

  • Training fleet of more than 50 modern aircraft

  • Extensive fleet of full-flight simulators

Destination USA

Experience in the USA

In addition to sites in Germany and Switzerland, European Flight Academy is also located in the USA, where the academy has its own training airport. In Arizona and Florida, our students take off for the first time – with training as international as the pilot profession itself.