You can explore the world by working at Turkish Airlines. Aside from the flight attendants, our cockpit crew also has the chance to see and experience many different places on earth.
We use the global standards as base when hiring cockpit crew and manage this process meticulously. We train our young pilots and bring them into Turkish Airlines as well as employing experienced pilots from different nations.
Employment of cockpit crew is conducted under the context of four categories:
- First Officer
- Cadet Pilots Program
- Simulator Flight Instructor (SFI)
- CRM/Group Assessment Application: Psychometric assessment
- Document and License Check: Validity and compliance with the criteria is checked.
- Simulator Check: Assessment of the flying skills
- Panel Interview: Competency based interview
- Medical Check: This will be performed at a private medical institution and will be covered by Turkish Airlines.
Experienced Pilots Screening
Turkish Airlines screening process takes 3 days (Monday through to Wednesday, inclusive of the Medical).
All travel and accommodation expenses is covered by Turkish Airlines.
Here are the steps listed in chronological order:
Total Aircraft Count2024202320222021
Total Flight Locations%8 America%41 Europe%21 Africa%13 Middle East%16 Far East
Total Number of Passengers and Staff2023
Total Aircraft Count
You May Wonder
When will I hear from the recruitment team after I submit the application?
In 5 working days. We do advise that in the meantime you do not apply for THY through other platforms to avoid any duplicate applications.
If I need a visa to come to Turkey, will Turkish Airlines arrange that?
No. During the screening process visa arrangements are made by the candidate. Turkish Airlines arranges and provides the work permit for all expat pilots.
Am I entitled to medical coverage?
Pilots have private health insurance; they can also include family members in exchange of a small fee.
When can I reapply?
You can reapply 6 months after the initial screening.
I have successfully filled out the application form and uploaded all required documents. Can I count on being invited to interviews?
As long as the minimum requirements are met, you will certainly be invited to the screening process.
I am from a country outside EU, how do I get a permit to work in Turkey?
Turkish Airlines arranges and provides the work permit for all expat pilots.
What is the overtime pay policy for pilots at Turkish Airlines?
Any hours flown above 70 hours is regarded “overtime hour” and will be added to the total salary.
How much will I get paid if I fly below the company minimum hours?
For any hours flown less than the monthly minimum hours (70 hours) you will be paid for 70 hours.
When will I receive my contract?
You will receive your contract within one month following your employment.
When is the pilots' duty schedules published?
Pilots’ duty schedules are published on 24th of each month if the calendar month is 31 days; published on the 23rd if the calendar month is 30 days.
What happens if I change my mind and decide to leave the company at any time during the contract?
If you decide to leave the company before one year, which is the minimum contracting time, you will have to pay for the training you have received.
How many days off a month are there for wide body captains?
Commuting roster is offered to both First Officers & Captain Pilots, that is, 3 weeks on / 1 week off. Confirmed tickets are provided only to the Captain Pilots to use before and after the block off days.
What is the retirement age for Pilots at Turkish Airlines?
Pilots retire at the age of 65 at Turkish Airlines.
Is there any coordination center for expatriate pilots at Turkish Airlines to seek advice and assistance?
Yes, there is a unit called “Expat Relations Department” which provides assistance to all expat pilots.
How long will it take to obtain work permit in Turkey?
It takes about 4 weeks to get work permit for Turkish Airlines.
Do I have to live near the airport?
No, you don’t have to. However, in order not to waste your time in traffic jams especially during rush hours, it is recommended that you live in an area which is not too far from the airport.
Is there an opportunity for foreign pilots to learn Turkish?
Yes. There are some Turkish courses in the city for people who are interested in learning the Turkish language.
What are the requirements to obtain Turkish citizenship?
In order to be eligible to apply for Turkish citizenship, one needs to work legally for at least 5 years in Turkey or be married to a Turkish citizen for at least 3 years.