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Flight Crew (Pilot) Recruitment

Our Fleet

Our diverse fleet consists of narrow and wide-body aircraft to provide you with the opportunity to increase your skills and grow your career. You will also have the opportunity to experience a range of different flying into interesting and challenging destinations, such as the regional, short haul international and long haul international route network.
Our fleet comprises of the following aircraft types:

  • Boeing 737
  • ATR-72
  • Fokker 100
  • Airbus A320
  • Airbus A330
  • Boeing 777
  • 737 MAX (coming soon)


Virgin Australia is one of Australia’s largest operators of fly-in fly-out, corporate and leisure charter aircraft. We have had consistent year on year increase in adhoc charters on VAA aircraft, with entertainment industry, corporate events and sports groups being key focus areas. Available aircraft types range from ATR-72 aircraft all the way to our flagship 361 seat Boeing 777-300ERs. So you could be one of our ATR Pilots or B737 pilots and possibly have the lucky job of flying one of your favourite bands around the country for their Australian tour!

Charter includes increased FIFO charter growth on VAA aircraft, with three new East Coast ports inducted for charter within the past year.

Virgin Australia has an increased focus on charter at executive level, with a number of initiatives in the pipeline.

Our People

The below statement comes from Arjan Kalsi, First Officer B737

Growing up we were not wealthy. My Dad was a refugee as a child and did his best providing for us. I had to pay for most of my education and flying post high school, every job I've had since I left (state) school at 16 has been both good and not so good.

I started as a charter pilot/ flight instructor at the age of 18 after flying training, then flying in Kenya, Angola as well as the Middle East (Kuwait and Dubai) with the United Nations World Food Program (UNFP).

At the age of 24 I moved to Darwin and Cairns flying Maritime patrol with Australian Customs followed and then finally Virgin Blue / Australia since 2007. I am lucky I didn't pay the ultimate price like a few of my colleagues. Airline flying is not glamorous however being entrusted to pilot one of those large aircraft cannot be described in words. It's certainly a privilege.

Why I like working at Virgin? 

Because it enables me to continue my affair with aviation something that started at an early age. It helps provide my family a good standard of living within Australia. The people I work with on a day to day basis are like minded and enjoy the dynamics and work together through many of the challenges that come with being a pilot today. Is it the perfect job? Frankly I don't think such a job exists, but like most things in life, what you put into it is what you get out of it and I consider myself lucky to be a B7373 pilot for Virgin Australia. 

Minimum Requirements

The minimum flying hours experience and qualifications requirements are outlined below:

First and Second Officer Opportunities (Australia Based)

  • 1,000 hours Total Experience
  • 500 hours Multi-Engine
  • 500 hours PIC

You will also hold an:

  • Australian ATPL or Australian CPL plus all Australian ATPL Subjects*
  • Australian Command Multi-Engine Aeroplane Instrument Rating
  • Australian Class 1 Medical
  • English Language Proficiency Level 6

First Officer Opportunities (New Zealand Based)

  • 1,000 hours Total Experience
  • 500 hours Multi-Engine
  • 500 hours PIC

You will also hold an:

  • Australian ATPL*
  • Australian Command Multi-Engine Aeroplane Instrument Rating
  • Australian Class 1 Medical
  • English Language Proficiency Level 6

ATR Turbo-prop First Officer Positions

  • 1,000 hours Total Experience
  • 500 hours Multi-Engine
  • 500 hours PIC

You will also hold an:

  • Australian ATPL or Australian CPL plus all Australian ATPL Subjects*
  • Australian Command Multi-Engine Aeroplane Instrument Rating
  • Australian Class 1 Medical
  • English Language Proficiency Level 6

* Those with a NZ licence must have applied for the CASA equivalent licence, through the Trans-Tasman Mutual Agreement process, prior to the commencement of the recruitment assessment process. Evidence of an application will need to be presented at the assessment interview.


In addition to joining an airline with an exemplary safety record and consistently good OTP results, you can expect the follow benefits from joining Virgin Australia:

  • 42 days annual leave
  • Loss of licence insurance
  • Annual salary increase
  • Exceptional staff travel program that can be enjoyed by your family and friends 
  • The ability to bid for rosters that suit your lifestyle
  • Career progression opportunities including first rate training throughout your flying career with Virgin Australia, designed to equip you with the skills to consistently develop and progress. There are future opportunities with the Training department, Technical Pilot roles and also management opportunities.
  • Fleet and operational variety
  • Engagement surveys that enable management to listen to the needs of team members and take action on the issues that matter 
  • Employee Assistance Program - including 24 hour support for our team members and their families
  • Paid parental and adoption leave - including 10 weeks paid maternity, two weeks paid paternity and three weeks paid adoption leave
  • Study assistance - we offer support for study linked to development
  • Salary sacrifice options - such as vehicles and superannutation
  • The opportunity to tap into the diverse offerings of the Virgin group globally

Virgin Australia provides entry opportunities in Australia to Boeing 737 First Officer, Fokker 100 First Officer, Boeing 777 Second Officer, and ATR 72 First Officer positions. Additionally, we provide entry opportunities in New Zealand to Boeing 737 First Officer positions.

We are looking for enthusiastic and professional flight crew who consistently displays behaviours that support the Virgin Australia brand and values.

All applicants will submit an application via the careers page. You will be asked to establish a profile which you can update when your contact, employment and flight hour details change. Those who have previously applied for positions will need to re-submit an application unless you have specifically been informed not to re-apply.  

Stage 1 - Application Review

Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be prioritised to progress to the next stage.

Stage 2 – Flipbase Video

You will receive an email providing you with details on how to create a short video to answer a couple of questions that will be provided to you.

Stage 3 - Online cognitive testing

You will receive an email with all the instructions needed to complete the testing and the ideal timeframes to complete this testing to be considered for upcoming assessment days. Please note that during assessment days we will occasionally conduct ‘validation’ cognitive testing.

Stage 4 - Assessment Days

The Recruitment process will involve two consecutive days of assessments which will include Behavioural Interview, Group Activity, Planning Exercise and a Simulator Assessment.

Suggestions for success

Be yourself. Be prepared. Be punctual. 

Where are the assessments held?

All assessments are held at the Boeing Flight Services Centre, 3 Melia Street, Eagle Farm, Brisbane.

Where is the type rating course held?

The type rating courses for Boeing aircraft are held at the Boeing Flight Services Centre, Eagle Farm, Brisbane. The type rating course for the ATR can be held in either Bangkok or New Zealand, although we will be placing an ATR simulator in the Brisbane Flight Services Centre from 2018. The type rating course for the Fokker 100 is held in either the CAE Sim Centre - Perth or Ansett Training Centre - Melbourne.

How do I know the status of my application?

We will acknowledge the initial receipt of your application.

We plan to communicate advice of the status of your application within two months initially, reducing to one month after we deal with the large numbers received after the invitation for applications initially open. The advice will indicate that:

  • you have been progressed to the next stage
  • you are not competitive to be progressed at this time but will remain active, or
  • your application will not be progressed further.

Given the varied number of entry points into Virgin Australia pilot group, and the changing nature of our pilot resource requirements, it is not possible to provide timeframes as to how long you may stay at certain stages of the recruitment process.

Once candidates have progressed through the Assessment Days stage the final outcome will be advised within 2-3 weeks.

What happens if I am successful in the recruitment process?

Pending satisfactory completion of Referee Checks, and depending on Virgin Australia’s requirements at the time, you may be allocated directly to an endorsement course or placed on a Hold File for future opportunities.

When should I update my application?

You should update your application when significant changes such as licence type, employment, and residential address occur. At the very least you should update every six months to ensure we have your latest flying experience details

How long is the bond period?

Generally you will bonded on type for between 30 to 36 months. Specific information can be obtained from the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.