Owner of the largest A380 fleet in the world wants to hire experienced captains

Emirates Airline launched global recruitment campaign to hire pilots with more than 3,000 hours in command of Airbus widebodies jets

Owner of the largest fleet of Airbus A380 jets in the world, with 119 aircraft, Emirates Airline is looking for experienced captains to fly in the largest commercial aircraft ever developed in the history of aviation.

The Dubai-based carrier has launched a global recruitment campaign looking for pilots with extensive experience on Airbus widebody aircraft such as the A330, A340, A350 and A380.

Those interested in participating in the Direct Entry Captains program must attend an online information session scheduled for October 4th at 1pm Dubai time.

The company provided a page to detail the opportunities.

Emirates says that among the requirements are having a minimum of 7,000 hours of total flight time in multi-crew, multi-engine aircraft, in addition to 3,000 hours in command of Airbus widebodies flights.

Emirates crew

Although it also has a large fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs, Emirates is very clear in restricting the experience to Airbus aircraft only, which share many systems in common.

About to renew and expand its long-range fleet with A350-900 in 2024 and 777-9 aircraft in 2025, Emirates revealed that the search for experienced captains involves expanding the flight network.

The benefits of flying with the Middle Eastern airline include global destinations across six continents. “They operate everything from regional routes in the Middle East to ultra-long haul destinations and cross-polar flights which make for varied and interesting rosters,” Emirates said of its current 4,200 pilots.

A380 flight deck (Todd Lappin(

Attractive benefits

There are currently 1,515 A380 pilots on staff, but Emirates has not revealed how many more crew members it needs.

Emirates also states that there are captains of 111 different nationalities in addition to colleagues from 160 countries.

Based in Dubai, Emirates Airline crew enjoy tax-free pay, spacious accommodation, education allowance, dental, medical and life coverage.

Emirates 777-9 rendering (Boeing)

Plus, there’s chauffeur-driven transport to and from work, laundry services, 42 days of annual leave, confirmed business class annual leave flight tickets, and discounted travel benefits for friends and family, among others.

Emirates is also hiring first officers with at least 2,000 hours of experience on aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of more than 20 tonnes.

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Another difference highlighted by the airline is the accelerated command process, which allows some crew members to be promoted in less than a year, depending on each situation.


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