I’ve written about the global pilot shortage before, but Turkish Airlines offers a prime example of the great need around the world for qualified pilots.
As Turkey opens its beautiful new airport in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines continues its renaissance. New uniforms are coming. New airplanes as well. And while specific new routes have not been announced, the carrier understands its position as a political sword of the Turkish state and engine of nationwide economic growth.
That’s going to require more qualified pilots.
It sounds simple enough. Just 1000 pilots, right? Every time American, Delta, or United hire FAs they get as much as 20 applicants for every one they hire. But recruiting pilots is a bit tricker. And the need at Turkish Airlines is great:
Don’t have a degree? No problem:
What level of education do I have to have in order to apply to Turkish Airlines as a pilot?
The minimum educational requirement in order to apply for the job as pilot at Turkish Airlines is to possess a minimum of a high school diploma.
Don’t speak Turkish? No problem:
Will it be difficult to get by in Istanbul if I don’t speak any Turkish?
No. It won’t usually be so difficult to get by in Istanbul especially if you are in the downtown/business center; however, in some areas it might be a challenge.
Need immigration help? No problem:
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.
You actually don’t even need any pilot training to apply. Qualified applicants under 35 years of age and have at least an associates degree can apply for the Turkish Airlines’ pilot academy.
And I bet I could point to dozens of other airlines who are also hiring.
More details about careers at Turkish Airlines here.
As aviation continues to proliferate around the world, the need for pilots will continue to grow. This is quite an enviable opportunity for a young man or woman who is willing to put in the time. While flight training in the USA may be cost prohibitive for many, look outside the USA for opportunities to be trained on someone else’s dime. A minimum service commitment is a small price to pay for the opportunity for a safe career that pays well and offers tremendous benefits like extended breaks and flight passes.
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