Virgin Atlantic - Airbus First Officers and Senior First Officer

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First Officer/Senior First Officer – Airbus type rated


Salary: Competitive plus excellent benefits

Fleet Type: Airbus

Contract: Permanent

Location: London Heathrow


It's in our DNA to disrupt the market and lead the way with fresh ideas. Bringing new approaches to the industry and remaining loud and proud voice for positive change. Remember we’re the commercial airline that was the first transatlantic flight flown on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SA). So, if you're ready to take your career to new heights, read on.


In a nutshell


At Virgin Atlantic Airways, we believe that everyone can take on the world, and it's our vision to become the most loved travel company. As we embark on this next exciting stage of our journey, we're harnessing our spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation to challenge the status quo.


We’re not like other carriers. As the UK’s only exclusively long-haul airline, you’ll operate from Heathrow to some of the world’s most glamorous destinations, and when it comes to office views, our pilots have the best.


Working on one of the most technologically advanced aircraft around, including our A330 Neo’s and Airbus A350-1000. When you become a Virgin Atlantic pilot, you’ll need to live up to the highest professional and safety standards, leading our operation and taking pride in making value-based decisions in the air and on the ground.


Day to day


When operating, you will demonstrate excellent aircraft handling ability. Extensive procedural and technical knowledge as well as strong leadership, and outstanding human factors. All of which will give you the passion and drive to be a future Commander here at Virgin Atlantic Airways.


As a high performing and motivated professional pilot, you will give our customers an exceptional journey, delivering consistent operational excellence in the sky whilst maintaining our high safety standards. Leading our operation and taking pride in making values-based decisions in the air and on the ground.


About you


Our Pilot community is made up of diverse backgrounds, so respect and teamwork are fundamental. If you have a genuine passion for flying and for all aspects of aviation and want to play a key role in helping us to become the ‘Most Loved’ Travel Company, why not apply today?


To be suitable you need:


A minimum experience of 1500 hours (FO)/ 3000 hours (SFO) of flight time on a multi-pilot turbojet or a multi-pilot turbo-prop aeroplane, having a maximum take-off mass of not less than 10 tonnes or a certificated passenger seating configuration of more than 19 passengers.

  • Current and Qualified on the A320, A330 or A350.
  • Hold a current UK Class One Medical
  • Unfrozen ATPL licence issued by the UK CAA, with a valid type rating when joining us.
  • The ability to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English (certified as ICAO level 6 English Proficiency when applying)


What we offer


At Virgin Atlantic, we’re committed to the development and wellbeing of our pilots, providing competitive salaries, industry-leading training, secure contracts, and plenty of opportunities to develop your career to Senior First Officer and Captain.


The Virgin Atlantic rewards and benefits package reflects our inclusive culture and values and is designed to reward, support, and develop our people as they take on the world in their own way. As part of this commitment, we offer a range of core benefits beyond a competitive salary to everyone who joins. You’ll also receive:

  • Private Medical Scheme
  • Life Insurance and Income protection
  • Loss of license cover including injury and illness
  • Generous contributory pension scheme (up to 15% company contribution)
  • Industry-leading Staff Travel benefits
  • Virgin Group Discounts
  • Red Rewards – your getaway to an array of exclusive discounts
  • A high-energy work environment that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion and several internal networks for support, guidance, and assistance in the workplace
  • Access to our employee assistance programme and Digital GP service

Our Leadership Recipe


At Virgin Atlantic, we believe in empowering our teams to thrive. Our leaders are committed to fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence. We prioritise transparency, integrity, and accountability in everything we do, setting the standard for others to follow. Our purpose and values help create a culture of fairness, trust, and mutual respect of which we are proud.

This year, we set our CEO Shai a challenge to distil his leadership principles and beliefs into something simple and intuitive that would connect with our people. Something that would create a common language and behaviours to help our leaders succeed in achieving our collective mission of becoming the most loved travel company and sustainable profit. Our Leadership recipe is the definition of what it means to be a leader here at Virgin Atlantic - something just for us! Want to know more click here to understand the 20 ingredients that we all live by at Virgin Atlantic.