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Pilots

Becoming part of our Pilot group can be the start of a lifelong career. Our Pilots enjoy all the lifestyle benefits of living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world as well as the variety of flying in New Zealand and various destinations around the world.

You’ll have the best office views and will be working with a welcoming team of people who love what they do.


Pilot roles

We’re looking for talented pilots who can help us deliver the unique Air New Zealand experience to our customers.

Entry as a Pilot into Air New Zealand is typically as a First Officer on either the ATR or Q300 aircraft, operating the regional network connecting New Zealanders to one another and New Zealand to the world. These roles are located at bases around New Zealand offering lifestyle choices in addition to a great career. 

For advancement to a jet position, priority will be given to our suitably qualified ATR and Q300 Pilots in the first instance.

Qualifications and experience

We're looking for the best. To become an Air New Zealand pilot you are expected to have specific skills and experience, as well as a blend of technical know-how, passion for flying and dedication to customer service.

Qualifications / Experience Turboprop
NZCAA CPL or higher Required
NZCAA Instrument Rating (current) and NZCAA MEIR Required
NZCAA ATPL or all ATPL subjects passed Preferred
NZCAA BTK/BGT Required
Hours (TT) 500
Hours (Multi-Engine Aeroplane) N/A
Hours ATO N/A
Instrument Flight Time 40
Night Hours 25
English Language Proficiency Level 6
Qualifications / Experience Jet
NZCAA CPL or higher Required
NZCAA Instrument Rating (current) and NZCAA MEIR Required
NZCAA ATPL or all ATPL subjects passed Preferred
NZCAA BTK/BGT Required
Hours (TT) 1500
Hours (Multi-Engine Aeroplane) 100
Hours ATO* 100
Instrument Flight Time 40
Night Hours 25
English Language Proficiency

*does not apply for military entry
Level 6
  • 12 months command experience on a Part 121 (or equivalent weight category) turboprop aircraft; or
  • 12 months first officer experience on a Part 121 or Part 125 (or equivalent weight category) jet aircraft; or
  • Part 121 or Part 125 (or equivalent weight category) jet command experience; or
  • 12 months command experience with the RNZAF or other air force on aircraft at least equivalent in weight category to Part 121 turboprop aircraft

To support the prioritisation of internal transfers, external candidates who have operated as a turboprop pilot with Air New Zealand, Mount Cook Airline, Air Nelson or Eagle Airways within the last 8 years will not be eligible.


Additional requirements

Recruitment process

Interested in joining our team? All Air New Zealand Pilots are assessed through a standardised recruitment process, regardless of application type.

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Application

Once you have completed an application we will assess your skills and experience against the requirements of the Pilot position.

Online assessments

You will be required to complete online cognitive ability, reference and logbook assessment forms.

Recruitment event

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a two-day Recruitment Event held in Auckland. During the two days you’ll go through a variety of assessments including a simulator assessment, interview, written assessments, and a group exercise.

Vetting

You will be required to complete a number of security and medical checks.

Offer of employment

Once you have passed the vetting process, you will be asked to join the Air New Zealand whānau.

Career Path

As an Air New Zealand Pilot, you’ll benefit from a varied career journey, in fleet choice and progression.



Training & development 

Throughout your career as Pilot for Air New Zealand there are many opportunities for professional development. We’ll actively encourage you as a leader in all of your roles.

Our Pilots are industry leaders in human factors, training and flight safety. Ongoing technical projects with a focus on carbon reduction and other emerging technologies offer opportunities for career development. Air New Zealand Pilots are leaders in the business, with numerous leadership opportunities available for development.



What to expect when you start 

When you join as a Pilot, you’ll be introduced to the Air New Zealand business and culture, meet the management team, as well as other key components of the airline. We’ll take care of your uniform, ID cards and provide you with a tablet device.

Your Type-Rating begins immediately following the introduction phase. This will involve a combination of classroom, computer-based and simulator training. Aircraft training involves a number of sectors flown with a trainer and then a short period of consolidation. Type-Rating and line-training typically takes three months until you are a fully qualified Air New Zealand pilot.

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