Future Pilot Information

This is an information section for those of you who are interested in becoming a pilot in the future.

We are delighted that you have taken the time to contact us and we are always pleased to hear from potential future pilots. TUI is very much a global company, we are a holiday company and have a duty to ensure that our customers have the best experience on their holiday.

Whatever stage you are at, dreaming of taking your first flying lesson or just finishing up your professional training we encourage you to read the FAQs below you may also find it useful to browse through the information on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) https://www.caa.co.uk/home/ and British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) https://www.balpa.org/ webpages, please see the links below.

If you still have further questions we suggest your initial point of contact should be the CAA, BALPA, or a Flight School if you are still in the pre-training stage. You are welcome to contact us if you have a specific question about our airline and our recruitment if we are hiring.

Are there any subjects you recommend I study in school/university?

As a Pilot is quite a technical role, you will be required to analyse data, read and understand technical documents, communicate effectively with your colleagues and make sound decisions. We don’t look for specific subjects at A-level but we would expect a strong academic background as there are numerous exams required for all levels of licence issue. To help you with these exams it may be beneficial to study subjects such as maths or sciences.  . Study and long term learning  never stops for a pilot as there are  frequent exams and continuous training throughout your career.

I am considering a career change should I return to school for STEM subjects?

The training provided within the flight schools is very comprehensive and as such you should contact them directly and  enquire about their requirements. As a company we have current pilots who have backgrounds ranging from professional Artists to Olympic Medallists, Mathematicians to Engineers.  We have also employed pilots who have worked in a variety of areas within the business prior to starting their professional flight training.

Do you recommend any particular flight training school?

We do not recommend any particular school, however if you contact the CAA they will be able to provide a list the schools that  are approved and registered by them.


Do you recommend an integrated vs modular course?

We have  employed pilots from both integrated and modular courses and we do not have a preference for either course. Please do look carefully at the options that are available in the schools and have a think about your own situation, particularly whether you have any financial or time constraints regarding your plan to become a commercial pilot.

Do you have any advice for a future pilot?

In general you should be as informed as possible about the career you are about to embark on.   BALPA have a guide as to how to become a pilot.

Are there any disqualifying medical conditions?

As with the previous question, you must do your research as thoroughly as you can. A pilot must be in good health both physically and mentally.  Being a Pilot is a demanding role and you will need to develop techniques to cope with potential hazards such as jet lag and fatigue. A Class 1 medical should be obtained prior to commencing flight training as if you have any underlying medical condition the CAA may require further investigation and may not issue a medical in which case you  may not be eligible to hold a commercial pilots licence. The medical must be renewed on a periodic basis throughout your career every 6 or 12 months depending on your age. If you lose your medical you are not entitled to exercise the privileges of your licence.

I hold an OML (Operational Multi-Crew Limitation).  Does this disqualify me from a career as a Pilot with TUI?

No, we have a number of Pilots who are employed by TUI who hold OMLs.

Do you have specific requirements for the ATPL theory exams?

No we don’t have a specific standard for the exams, you must however hold a frozen ATPL which means that you have passed the ATPL theory exams  and hold a CPL/IR licence.

Do you hire pilots straight from flight school?

Our requirements vary from campaign to campaign. We recommend you keep an eye on our careers website for any future opportunities.

Do you offer cadetships?

We have in the past but  we don’t currently have a requirement for cadets. However the situation may change in the future. We recommend that you keep an eye on our careers website and perhaps the national press for any such opportunities.

Flying is possibly one of the most demanding jobs in the world. It is also one of the most rewarding, taking charge of a million dollar machine and seeing some amazing sights is truly a privilege. However with an initial investment required of almost £100,000  before you are in a position to even apply for a job  it is important that you make sure  it is the correct  career for you.

Although the large aircraft manufacturers suggest a future pilot shortage there are currently approximately 500 unemployed fully qualified pilots (according to BALPA) in the UK alone. So do consider carefully the potential future job opportunities once you have obtained your frozen ATPL

Do TUI offer work experience for aspiring Pilots?

Due to UK airport security legislation work experience is something that we would be unable to offer to aspiring Pilots.  We recommend you do as much research as possible in to your chosen career path online.

Do TUI offer Pilot Apprenticeships?

At the current time, the Commercial Airline Pilot Apprenticeship is still in the official development stage and the work will be ongoing over the coming months. We are working closely with the Institute for Apprenticeships. In the months to come, we’ll ensure that we post information on our own careers channels where possible, however, information may also be available to you in typical flight publications.

For the latest information on the Commercial Airline Pilot Apprenticeship, please click and keep checking the following link: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/commercial-airline-pilot/

We are really thrilled that you are interested in coming to work for us here at TUI and have taken the time to look at our website. We look forward to hearing from you again at a time when you will be eligible to apply for one of our positions.