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Fly with Emirates as a First Officer

Online selection process
All applicants who apply online for a First Officer position with Emirates will receive immediate acknowledgement of your application. Applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be contacted for an interview based on professional background, experience and suitability.

Updating your application
You are required to update your First Officer application regularly (we advise a 3 to 6 month interval) to ensure that your contact details, current employment, type ratings, aircraft type and flying hours are accurate and current.

The First Officer Selection Programme
Shortlisted candidates are provided with a round trip ticket from any Emirates destination, and invited to attend a four day selection process in Dubai. This programme is designed to provide you with an opportunity to experience both Emirates and Dubai. This allows candidates to identify and overcome any issues that may pose an obstacle to joining our team as well as ask questions about life as a professional pilot with Emirates in Dubai.

Where applicable, we encourage spouses to accompany candidates to Dubai for the Selection Programme, to ensure that this lifestyle decision suits both the individual and the entire family.

The two-stage selection programme generally follows a fixed format

Day 1: Stage 1

  • - Welcome brief / Simulator brief
  • - Simulator Assessment (basic flying skills, flight deck management and airmanship)
  • - Advanced Compass Test (comprehensive skills and aptitude)
Candidates will be notified at the end of the day if they have been successful in this first step of the assessment.

Day 2: (Stage 1 continues)

  • - Psychometric testing
  • - HR brief (important information relating to terms, conditions and the process of joining Emirates)
  • - Guided tour of accommodation (apartment and villa); the Emirates Medical Clinic and an international school

Day 3: Stage 2

  • - Assessment Centre exercises
  • - Panel interview
  • - Feedback from company psychologist on psychometric profile
Candidates will be notified at the end of the day if they have been successful during the last steps of the assessment. All chosen candidates will thereafter be required to complete a medical test.

Candidates are required to arrive in Dubai with adequate time so that they are well-rested prior to the commencement of the programme.
We handle all travel arrangements, visit visas and costs associated with flying candidates into Dubai on the Emirates network, for participation in the Selection Programme. We also bear the cost of accommodation and meals during your stay in Dubai. Should your spouse wish to accompany you on this trip, please remember to make private arrangements for her/him.

Candidates will be advised of the final outcome of the Selection Programme within two to six weeks follioing the interview.

Come prepared. It is important to have all necessary documentation including photocopies of your passport, logbooks, certificates etc. ready and available on request, so please ensure that your papers are updated and in order.

Be yourself. We are interested in getting to know the real you and not the person you think we want to see.

Be open. We are aware that there is information in the industry about our procedures and processes; all of which may not be accurate or relevant. We change our programmes regularly and recommend that you engage in the selection process with an open mind - without preconceived ideas or over prepared responses.
We look forward to welcoming you in Dubai, and to your career as a First Officer with Emirates
The Recruitment Process