Emirates Ramps Up its Drive For Flight Crew

A group of Emirates flight crew and cabin crew.
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With 26 April marking World Pilots’ Day, Emirates has put the spotlight on its own aviator roles by announcing significant and exciting changes to flight crew recruitment.

Emirates is taking its pilot recruitment to new heights with a focus on attracting top talent worldwide.

2024 Focus on Flight Crew Recruitment

This year marks a significant shift for the airline, with offers of enhanced salaries, brand new positions, and a wider eligibility net.

First Officers – No Experience Required

Emirates is now welcoming First Officers who haven’t flown wide-body aircraft before. You’ll receive comprehensive training to pilot our impressive fleet of 144 Boeing aircraft, spanning over 140 destinations.

Plus, you’ll be ready to take the controls of the upcoming 205 Boeing 777-X additions from 2025 onwards.

Fast Track to Captain: The Boeing 777 Accelerated Command Programme

The highly sought-after Accelerated Command Programme (ACP) is expanding! Previously exclusive to the A380, this program allows ambitious narrow-body aircraft captains to transition to wide-body flying on Emirates’ fast-track program.

Direct Entry Captains for the A350 Fleet

A callout to all experienced commanders! Emirates is seeking Direct Entry Captains (DECs) to lead its highly anticipated A350 fleet of 65 aircraft.

To sweeten the deal, Emirates has boosted the base salary for both A350 and A380 DEC recruits. Deliveries for the A350s begin mid-year, serving both established and exciting new destinations. The airline also continues to welcome DECs for its A380 fleet.

First Officers with Experience Get Rewarded

For First Officers with over 4,000 flying hours on modern Airbus fly-by-wire or Boeing aircraft, Emirates is offering enticing salary packages.

Trainees pilots in an Emirates flight simulator.
Photo Credit: Emirates

Training and Support

Emirates boasts the world’s most modern fleet – 260 wide-body Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s. As an Emirates pilot, it’s a breathtaking view from the office window across six continents.

The airline provides top-flight, competency-based training delivered by highly skilled instructors in cutting-edge facilities.

Its state-of-the-art training center features 10 full-flight simulators for Boeing 777s and Airbus 380s. To accommodate the upcoming A350s and 777X additions, a brand new, 63,318 sq. ft. training facility with six Full Flight Simulator Bays (FFS) is set to open this year.

Emirates aircraft parked on the concourse.
Photo Credit: Emirates

Exceptional Benefits Package

Emirates pilots enjoy a competitive tax-free salary, potential profit share, spacious villas in gated communities, an education allowance, and comprehensive medical and dental coverage.

There is also access to a world-class provident fund with regular financial guidance, chauffeur-driven transportation, laundry services, generous annual leave, and travel benefits for your loved ones.

Beginnings in Dubai

Your Emirates pilot journey begins in Dubai, a vibrant, multicultural, and tech-savvy city consistently ranked among the world’s best for expatriates.

Dubai offers the perfect blend of work and lifestyle. World-class sporting events, exceptional dining, stunning attractions, international schools and hospitals, and excellent infrastructure make it an attractive proposition.


Emirates gears up for its massive growth trajectory in 2024. Amid the arrival of the A350s and 777X family, the airline is actively seeking talented flight crew. Throughout 2024, Emirates’ recruitment team will be hosting roadshows in over 26 cities across 18 countries.

The enhanced eligibility criteria and salary packages reflect Emirates’ commitment to attracting the best pilots globally and delivering an exceptional customer experience on every flight.

Learn more about these exciting flight deck roles and discover the entry requirements here.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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