Your Flying Future

Beginning Your Career


You’re looking to turn your dream of flying into reality at Lufthansa? With the MPL pilot training program at European Flight Academy, you have the possibility of joining Lufthansa 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, some airlines also offer attractive part-time opportunities, allowing you to balance your life in the air and 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

Pilots never stop learning. This is not just due to advances in technology, but also to the progression of their careers. 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.

Second Officer

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. 

Senior First Officer

After approximately five years learning short haul types, you have the opportunity to switch to becoming an FO on a long haul aircraft. Only there can you progress to become a Senior First Officer (SFO). On the longest routes, he/she stands in for the captain during designated breaks.


The captain training is the logical next step. Whether this is for short or long haul is up to you – it all depends on what rhythm you prefer in your working life. 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. 


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.

Where can I inquire about the status of my application?

We’re afraid it’s not possible to access your application once it has been sent to us. If you require information as to its status, please contact us by telephone or email.

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What is tested during the Basic Qualification?

You decided to apply for pilot training? Then the Basic Qualification is the first step in the selection procedure. To pass, you need to show that you have good knowledge of certain subjects, such as (approximately) the topics taught in years 8 to 11 in math and physics. The following aspects are all assessed during the Basic Qualification: Knowledge of technical and physical processes (electrical engineering, mechanical processes as well as heat, fluid, and wave dynamics), technical understanding of how simple systems and devices work, English-language skills (vocabulary and grammar), calculation and logical thinking, concentration and memory, speed of perception and spatial orientation, hand-eye coordination and other motor skills, ability to multitask in complex situations.

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When do I find out whether I have passed the Basic Qualification?

You will receive the results of your Basic Qualification in writing within a few days of having completed the test.

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