Icelandair launches funded cadet pilot programme

Icelandair has launched a cadet pilot programme to train and develop aspiring pilots to join the airline as first officers.

Icelandair is offering to underwrite the total costs of the Icelandair Cadet Pilot Programme for the cadets who successfully enroll. Icelandair will also pay for the total cost of type rating for cadets who successfully complete the Icelandair Cadet Pilot Programme.

The programme will be managed and run by L3 Airline Academy in the UK.

The airline flies to 44 destinations to and from Iceland, and is taking delivery of new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.


While you do not have to be from Iceland to apply, one requirement is that you speak fluent Icelandic. The full requirements are:

  • Be at least 18 – 30 years of age to commence training
  • Fluent Icelandic speaker
  • Matriculation exam or similar
  • Be fluent in English (see below)
  • Produce a criminal record check (CRC) / Police Clearance Certificate before training can commence
  • Be available to start working in 2020.

For non-native English speakers, you will be required to present a certificate prior to training commencement demonstrating you have achieved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or an equivalent of at Level 5.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any individual area (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). This must be the Academic test, not General Training.

Full details here