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Pilots and Flight Operations

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Qantas Group Pilot virtual information sessions

Join a Qantas Group Pilot virtual information session to learn more about current recruitment and career opportunities. Each pilot session will feature a current employee, and an Academy Representative will attend the Pilot Academy session.

Pilot information - Network Aviation

Wednesday 21 August 2024

2pm (AEST)

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Pilot Academy information

Wednesday 2 October 2024

2pm (AEST)

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Pilot information - QantasLink

Wednesday 13 November 2024

3pm (AEDT)

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One of the world’s most experienced airlines, we operate a technically advanced fleet of Airbus (A380, A350 and A330) and Boeing (787 and 737NG) aircraft.

Qantas Direct Entry Second Officer

As a Second Officer, you'll perform an essential role as part of the Qantas operating crew on our long haul services. Our Second Officers perform critical duties on our A380, A350, A330 and 787-9 aircraft.

Qantas Second Officers are trained at one of the world's most respected and professional flight training establishments - Qantas Flight Training. You'll be able to develop and learn with dedicated staff who are committed to our industry leading safety standards. You'll work with experienced Qantas pilots to develop your operational experience on an active line and have the opportunity to travel the world on some of the most technologically-advanced aircraft in the industry.

As a Second Officer, you'll form part of a team dedicated to ensuring the safe operation of the aircraft, delivering premium customer service and upholding Qantas' core professional values.

Qantas Direct Entry Second Officer minimum requirements

  • An Australian ATPL (Aeroplane/Helicopter), or Australian CPL with all ATPL subjects.
  • Minimum hour requirements of:
    • 500 hours in Command of a powered fixed wing aeroplane (excluding ICUS),
    • 300 hours in Command of a multi engine aeroplane (excluding ICUS),
    • 250 hours in Command of a powered fixed wing aeroplane and 1,000 hours as Co-Pilot of a multi crew, multi-engine turbine aeroplane (excluding ICUS),
    • 250 hours of flight time in a powered fixed wing aeroplane as pilot in command, or pilot in command under supervision (of which 70 hours must be as pilot in command), and 1,500 hours as Co-Pilot of a multi-crew turbine aeroplane, or
    • 250 Hours in Command of a powered fixed wing aeroplane and 500 hours in Command of rotary wing aircraft (excluding ICUS).
  • A Part 61 Multi Engine Aeroplane Class Instrument Rating (excluding a private instrument rating).
  • Endorsements for IAP 2D and IAP 3D on Australian (civil) instrument rating.
  • A current instrument proficiency check (MEA).
  • Australian citizenship or hold Australian permanent residency status.
  • A current passport with unrestricted access to all Qantas ports of call with at least 12 months validity.
  • A current CASA Class 1 Medical Certificate (or be eligible to hold one).
  • English Level 6 proficiency.

Preference will be given to candidates that meet or exceed the following experience levels:

  • 2,000 hours total time,
  • 500 hours multi-engine, and
  • multi-crew experience.

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For more information email PilotCareers@qantas.com.au

Current positions

Qantas isn't currently accepting applications for pilot positions.

We’re proud to represent regional Australia and be a part of its communities. Our fleet of Dash-8, Q400, 300 and 200 aircraft proudly service regional Australia and connect regional ports with our capital cities. Our pilots get the best of both worlds with challenging, hands-on piloting, and the opportunity to experience the true beauty of our nation.

As a QantasLink First Officer you’ll make safety your first priority and take looking after our customers seriously.

The ongoing training we provide is of the highest standard, highly regarded in the aviation industry, and designed to ensure our impeccable safety record is maintained while developing our crew to their full potential. In exchange for your hard work and commitment, you’ll have the chance to expand your skills and experience including command upgrades, training and checking positions and opportunities to move into regulatory and compliance roles within Flying Operations.

Although we’re a large company, we’re one big family. Every pilot becomes part of our loyal, close-knit team, and is valued for their contribution to our company's visions and values.

If you're keen to join our team the following information outlines Direct Entry First Officer requirements.

QantasLink Direct Entry First Officer

Minimum requirements:

  • CASA ATPL (A) or CASA CPL(A) with passes in all Australian ATPL theory subjects.
  • English Language Proficiency Level 6 on your licence.
  • Hold endorsements for Instrument Approach 2D and 3D on an Australian Instrument Rating – Multi Engine Aeroplane. New Zealand applicants must have converted their licence/ratings to an Australian Licence/Rating prior to applying for a position.
  • Total aeronautical experience of 500 hours or greater.
  • Current CASA Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate.
  • Australian citizenship or hold Australian permanent residency status.
  • Be willing and able to pass drug and alcohol testing.
  • The ability to hold an Aviation Security Identification Card.
  • Hold a current passport with unrestricted access to all countries Qantas operates to, with at least 12 months validity.

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For more information email qantaslinkpilot@qantas.com.au

Current positions

QantasLink is recruiting for Direct Entry First Officer positions.

Jetstar is alive with a sense of adventure. Day in and day out, its teams across Asia-Pacific search for new ways to make the world more accessible. New places to fly, new ways to add value and new ideas to push performance. Being a pilot at Jetstar isn't your everyday job. It's demanding and exciting; it can't promise there won’t be challenges along the way, but that's what adventure is all about.

Their ongoing training program, highly regarded throughout the aviation industry, is designed to ensure its impeccable safety record is maintained while developing pilots to their full potential. Opportunities to expand your skills and experience are always encouraged.

Jetstar Airways Direct Entry First Officer A320/1

Minimum requirements Australia:

  • An Australian ATPL (A) or an Australian CPL (A) with passes in all Australian ATPL Theory subjects.
  • Australian Multi-Engine Aeroplane Instrument Rating with 2D and 3D endorsements.
  • Current CASA Class 1 medical.
  • ICAO English Language Proficiency Level 6.
  • A current passport with unrestricted access to all Jetstar ports of call with at least 12 months validity.
  • Experience in a multi-crew operation or successful completion of a multi-crew cooperation course.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment medical.
  • The ability to pass a Drug and Alcohol Test.
  • The ability to hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC).
  • Hold, or be eligible to hold, relevant Australian permanent residency status or an unrestricted right to work in Australia.

Minimum requirements New Zealand:

  • Hold an Australian ATPL (A) or an Australian CPL (A) with passes in all Australian or New Zealand ATPL subjects.
  • Australian Multi-Engine Aeroplane Instrument Rating with 2D and 3D endorsements.
  • Current CASA Class 1 medical.
  • ICAO English Language Proficiency Level 6.
  • Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) training certificate or equivalent.
  • A current passport with unrestricted access to all Jetstar ports of call with at least 12 months validity.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment medical.
  • The ability to pass a Drug and Alcohol Test.
  • The ability to hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) and/or AVSEC.
  • Hold, or be eligible to hold, relevant Australian permanent residency status or an unrestricted right to work in Australia.

Note: A current New Zealand ATPL or CPL with Multi-Engine Aeroplane Instrument Rating can be converted via the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act prior to employment

Hour requirements:

  • Minimum 500 hours flight time in fixed wing aircraft,

and at least one of the following minimum requirements:

  • 200 hours in command of a multi engine aircraft (excluding PICUS),
  • 200 hours in command of a turbine powered fixed wing aircraft, or
  • 200 hours on aircraft certified for operation by a crew of two pilots (multi-crew aircraft).

For more information email Jetstarpilotrecruitment@qantas.com.au

Current positions

Jetstar Australia is recruiting for A320/1 First Officer

Jetstar New Zealand is recruiting for A320/1 First Officer

Welcome to Qantas Freight, Express Freighters Australia (EFA), the freight management company within the Qantas Group. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas, Qantas Freight (EFA) proudly operates in Qantas Freight livery, providing essential aircraft and crew for long-term contracts. Its fleet consists of versatile aircraft, including the A321, A330, and Boeing 737, enabling it to meet the diverse needs of domestic and international freight operations.

In line with its commitment to innovation and expansion, Qantas Freight has enhanced its fleet capabilities with the addition of two converted A330 freighters. These new aircraft significantly increase capacity, with the ability to transport up to 50 tonnes of freight on each flight. Additionally, by the end of 2024, it will have a total of six A321s in the fleet, further enhancing operational capabilities.

As part of the ongoing fleet modernisation efforts, it's retired the Boeing 767 and 737 freighters. As it continues to grow and adapt to meet the evolving demands of the freight industry, Qantas Freight remains dedicated to providing efficient, reliable, and cost-effective freight solutions to its valued customers.

First Officer with Qantas Freight (EFA)

Minimum requirements:

  • An Australian ATPL (A) or an Australian CPL (A) with passes in all Australian ATPL Theory subjects.
  • Australian Multi-Engine Aeroplane Instrument Rating with 2D and 3D endorsements.
  • Current CASA Class 1 medical.
  • ICAO English Language Proficiency Level 6.
  • Minimum 500 hours flight time in fixed wing aircraft, and at least one of the following minimum requirements:
    • 200 hours in command of a multi engine aircraft (excluding PICUS),
    • 200 hours in command of a turbine powered fixed wing aircraft, or
    • 200 hours on aircraft certified for operation by a crew of two pilots (multi-crew aircraft).
  • A current passport with unrestricted access to all Qantas Freight ports of call with at least 12 months validity.
  • Experience in a multi-crew operation or successful completion of a multi-crew cooperation course.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment medical.
  • The ability to pass a Drug and Alcohol Test.
  • The ability to hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC).
  • Hold, or be eligible to hold, relevant Australian permanent residency status or an unrestricted right to work in Australia.

Our Australian domestic network operates weekday night flights only, allowing our pilots a great work-life balance. While flying by night can be challenging, fall into this rhythm and you’ll experience interesting flying and wonderful camaraderie.

You’ll continue to evolve your skills through world-class training with the Qantas Group. As testing as our requirements are, you’ll know with certainty that you’re among Australia’s most qualified pilots.

You’ll be exposed to limitless opportunities as a Qantas Freight pilot. With significant fleet growth planned, stay with us and you’ll have opportunities to climb the ranks, or alternatively you can choose to explore different paths within the Qantas Group.

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For more information email efapilotrecruitment@qantas.com.au

Current positions

Qantas Freight is recruiting for First Officer

Jetconnect embraces the Qantas brand, training and safety values while offering pilots the opportunity to live in Auckland or Wellington and enjoy everything New Zealand has to offer. Its pilots fly Qantas Boeing 737-800 aircraft across the Tasman to key destinations and form an integral part in connecting New Zealand and Australia to the Qantas International network.

Jetconnect pilots are provided with the highest standard of training from one of the worlds most respected and professional flight training establishments – Qantas Flight Training.

With a variety of flying backgrounds offering a unique combination of experience, its pilots play a crucial role in the Jetconnect team ensuring operational excellence with a safety conscious culture. The excitement and challenge of flying jet aircraft ensures every day is different.

If you have good interpersonal skills, enjoy working within a team and want to live in New Zealand then Jetconnect is for you.

For more information email jetconnectpilot@qantas.com.au

First Officer

As a First Officer you'll have the following qualifications and experience or ability to obtain prior to commencement:

  • An Australian Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL (A)) or Australian Commerical Pilot Licence (CPL (A)).
  • For CPL holders, passes in a complete set of Australian CASA or New Zealand CAA ATPL subjects are required.
  • Endorsements for Instrument Approach 2D and 3D on a CASA Multi Engine Aeroplane Instrument Rating.
  • A current Instrument Proficiency Check (MEA).
  • Level 6 English Language Proficiency on your CASA Licence.
  • Current CASA Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate.
  • The ability to hold an Aviation Security card, ASIC (Aust) and AvSec (NZ).
  • Hold a current passport with at least 12 months validity.
  • The right to live and work in New Zealand without restriction or sponsorship. Non-New Zealand or non-Australian passport holders require a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa.

Hours requirements: 

  • 1,500 hours total aeronautical experience,
  • 500 hours of powered fixed wing multi-engine or single-engine-turbine aeroplane, and
  • either:
    • 250 hours in Command of a powered fixed wing aeroplane, or
    • 250 hours in Command of a powered fixed wing aeroplane, of which up to 180 hours may be ICUS, and 500 hours as Co-Pilot of a transport category aeroplane.    

Current positions

Jetconnect is recruiting for First Officer 737 positions.

National Jet Systems (NJS) is a 100% owned Qantas Group subsidiary airline that currently operates the Boeing 717 aircraft and is soon to introduce the Airbus A220 aircraft to its fleet - an aircraft with state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and latest-generation technologies and engines.

Headquartered in Adelaide, it has established bases in Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney.

Like other Qantas Group airlines, it offers an exceptional level of safety and service, and leverages its connection to deliver high-quality training and world-class flight operations systems and support.

The introduction of the A220 will create significant career advancement opportunities and position NJS to be an agile operation capable of new network flying opportunities. Its operation incorporates world-class training programs and operating philosophies to maximise the safety and quality of services.

It prides themselves on recruiting great people and maintaining a close, collaborative and inclusive culture.

For more information email njspilotrecruitment@qantas.com.au

Current positions

National Jet Systems is recruiting for A220 Aircraft Training Captain.

National Jet Systems is recruiting for Type-Rated A220 First Officer.

Based at Perth Airport, Network Aviation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group. Flying under the QantasLink brand, it provides high capacity jet airline services to customers throughout Western Australia.

It operates a fleet of Airbus A320 and Fokker 100 aircraft, which are fully supported by comprehensive maintenance facilities at Perth Airport. Services operate from the Qantas Domestic/International passenger terminal complex (T3/T4).

Network Aviation is a market leader in providing specialist charter support to large resource operations, and has a reputation for excellence in safety, reliability and customer service.

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First Officer

Minimum Requirements:

  • An Australian ATPL (A) or an Australian CPL (A) with passes in all Australian ATPL Theory subjects.
  • Australian Multi-Engine Aeroplane Instrument Rating with IAP 2D and 3D endorsements.
  • Multi-crew Cooperation Course (MCC) or experience in a multi-crew operation.
  • A current CASA Class 1 Medical.
  • ICAO English Language Proficiency Level 6 on your CASA Licence.
  • A minimum of 500 hours total aeronautical experience.
  • The ability to pass a Qantas pre-employment medical and drug and alcohol test.
  • The ability to hold an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC).
  • A current passport with unrestricted access to all Qantas ports of call with at least 12 months validity.
  • Australian citizenship or the right to work in Australia / New Zealand without restriction or sponsorship.

For more information email shr-networkaviation@qantas.com.au

Current positions

Network Aviation is recruiting for First Officer positions.

Programs

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Qantas Group – Aviation Career Enrichment (Q-ACE) Program

The Qantas Group – Aviation Career Enrichment program is designed to support Aviation students at:

To participate, university students will need to be in Year 2 of their undergraduate Aviation degree. The program will provide University students the necessary insights and preparation for future roles in the aviation industry.

Students who complete the Q-ACE program will be provided with a link to update their aviation experience every six months. Once the minimum direct entry pilot recruitment requirements are met for one of the Qantas Group airlines, they will be extended an invitation to attend a Qantas Group Assessment Centre, subject to operational requirements.

For more information email Q-ACE@qantas.com.au

Qantas Group Future Pilot Program

The Qantas Group Future Pilot Program provides Aviation students at the Qantas Group Pilot Academy the opportunity to be mentored by experienced Qantas Group pilots. Qantas Group Pilot Academy graduating students who have successfully completed all course requirements by their graduation date will be extended an invitation to attend a Qantas Group Accelerate Assessment Centre. If successful, students may be eligible to enter the Qantas Group as a pilot with QantasLink or Jetstar.

For more information email qfpp@qantas.com.au

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