Air France opens 2018 cadet pilot programe – and will pay for training

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Air France has opened the application window for its cadet pilot scheme – and will pay for training.


Air France has opened its latest window for its cadet pilot programme with the surprising revelation that it will pay for training from ab initio right up to First Officer.

This makes it one of the few airlines in the world to pay for training its new pilots, but surely others will have to follow suit if the forecast demand for pilots is to be met.

In 2018, Air France is offering airline pilot vacancies to meet its own requirements, and those of JOON and Transavia, two of its subsidiary airlines, under its Professional Pilot programme and its Cadet Pilot programme.

The Air France Cadet Pilot Programme window is open from 30 January to 4 March 2018. It is a requirement that applicants must be fluent in French.

Applicants must open a Candidate page online as the start of their application.  This phase will be followed by successive pre-selection and selection tests over the first half of the year.

If you are successful, you must be available to start an Air France Cadets training course on the date given to you. Training will start between June 2018 and January 2019.

The basic training, fully paid for by Air France, will be carried out in partner schools and then at the Air France training centre for a period of about 24 months. During this training, cadets will receive compensation ranging from 80% to 100% of the minimum wage in France.

The assignment to a particular school will be determined by Air France as and when training is required.


This training will be marked by obtaining:

  • Airline Pilot’s Licence certificates (ATPL theory)
  • Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL)
  • Instrument Rating (IR) and Multi-Engine (ME/MEP) qualifications
  • Multi Crew Coordination (MCC) qualification.

Depending on the needs of the Air France Group, you will be assigned to Air France or Transavia and will pass your aircraft type qualification on an Airbus A320 or Boeing B737.

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