Pilot at KLM: do you have what it takes?

When we open the vacancy for cockpit crew, we are not just looking for colleagues! KLM employs pilots who want to get the best out of themselves. Professionals with a sky-high sense of responsibility, who want to continue to grow. Curious about what we look for? You can find the criteria from 2019 below. Please note that these may change in a subsequent vacancy.

Pilot at KLM: do you have what it takes?

When we open the vacancy for cockpit crew, we are not just looking for colleagues! KLM employs pilots who want to get the best out of themselves. Professionals with a sky-high sense of responsibility, who want to continue to grow. Curious about what we look for? You can find the criteria from 2019 below. Please note that these may change in a subsequent vacancy. 

General requirements

  • You have at least a HAVO diploma including English, mathematics and physics (or equivalent if you studied abroad)
  • You have a passport from an EU member state
  • You are between 1.575 and 2.03 m. There is no leg length measurement
  • You have a good command of the Dutch language. If you are not a native Dutch speaker, we will ask you to pass an exam at European Framework of Reference B2 level before the selection procedure
  • You have completed the Upset Prevention & Recovery Training
  • Licenses/certificates:

  • Class I medical*
  • (Frozen) ATPL*
  • LPE6
  • Rating type, as mentioned in the job description
  • Radio telephony (RT) licence
  • Completed Multi Crew Course

  • *Both Medical and Flight Crew License must be either issued, or converted in the Netherlands for employment with KLM.

    Experience

    You have preferably completed one of the following flight training programmes: KFA, NLS, CAE (Oxford), EPST, Martinair Flight Academy, or you are in possession of a Royal Netherlands Air Force/Marine General Military Licence. You must also have at least 500 hours experience on a heavy twin fixed wing aircraft (5,700 kg or more). Of the 500 hours, at least 150 hours must be in commercial aviation in the 12 months preceding your application.

    Selection procedure

    The selection process for the position of Commercial Pilot at KLM consists of quite a few rounds. To proceed further in the process, you must successfully complete each round.

    • Round 1: Selection of basic requirements
    • Round 2: Digital tests (including an aptitude and personality test)
    • Round 3: Psychological examination
    • Round 4: Grading
    • Round 5: Interview with the Commission of Assumption (COVA)
    If you pass the selections, you will undergo a security screening by the AIVD and a security check by KLM AV. You will also have a medical check at KLM Health Services, including a blood and urine test for medicine, alcohol and drugs.

    After the selection procedure

    Have you passed the selection procedure? If so, we will invite you to attend a Type Rating Course (TRC) as soon as a position becomes available.

    Employment terms and conditions

    The salary is laid down in the collective labour agreement. The salary level depends on your age, the period of employment and your exact position. A starting salary is between approximately €2,400 and a maximum of approximately €5,500 gross per month, excluding emoluments and pension subsidies.  

    As a commercial pilot at KLM, you can count on the following, amongst other things: 

    • A 4-week schedule 
    • A daily allowance when you are at your destination 
    • A travel allowance 
    • A pension scheme 
    • Discounts at hotels, car rental companies and more 
    • Discount at insurance companies 
    • IPB travel (if available) 

    Employment terms and conditions

    The salary is laid down in the collective labour agreement. The salary level depends on your age, the period of employment and your exact position. A starting salary is between approximately €2,400 and a maximum of approximately €5,500 gross per month, excluding emoluments and pension subsidies.  

    As a commercial pilot at KLM, you can count on the following, amongst other things: 

    • A 4-week schedule 
    • A daily allowance when you are at your destination 
    • A travel allowance 
    • A pension scheme 
    • Discounts at hotels, car rental companies and more 
    • Discount at insurance companies 
    • IPB travel (if available) 

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do you have any questions? There's a good chance you will find the answers among the frequently asked questions.

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