Working in the cockpit

KLM pilots want to get the best out of themselves, every day. They have a sky-high sense of responsibility and do everything they can to continue growing. Because no matter how experienced you are, you never stop learning as a pilot. With every step you take, you can make more of a difference for our passengers – offering an even better travel experience. Whether it concerns your position or your development: you sit in the cockpit and set the course.

A lot or a few flight hours in your log book

Do you want to fulfill your pilot's dream or are you ready for your next flying challenge? However experienced you are, you are most welcome in the cockpits of KLM and KLM Cityhopper! Our flying corps is bursting with motivated colleagues and is a great group to be part of. Can you see yourself flying in a blue Boeing, Airbus or Embraer? Then we would love to hear from you!

Is this our new pilot speaking?

If you are already a pilot, you can apply directly for an open vacancy. To do so, you must meet at least the below requirements.

What we are looking for


  • at minimum havo diploma with English, mathematics and physics
  • valid passport from an EU member state
  • body height of 1.58 - 2.03 metres
  • you fluently speak and understand Dutch and English

Certificates and training

  • Class I Medical
  • (Frozen) ATPL (A)
  • Initial CRM
  • LPE6
  • Multi Crew Cooperation Course
  • Upset Prevention and Recovery Training
  • PBN-note


  • Preferably completed KFA, NLS, CAE, EPST, MFA or MPL-A/H
  • at least 500 hours flown on a heavy twin fixed wing (5,700 kg or more)
  • at least 150 hours flown in commercial aviation in the last year before applying or experience as a military pilot

Selection procedure

  • Round 1: cv selection
  • Round 2: online assessment
  • Round 3: psychological assessment
  • Round 4: simulator grading
  • Round 5: interview with Committee of Selection (COVA)
  • Round 6: security screenings and medical examination, including blood and urine tests for medication, alcohol and drugs

An internal file check and a reference check can also be part of the selection procedure. By applying you agree to the procedure.

Have you successfully completed the selection procedure? Then we will invite you for a Type Rating Course (TRC) as soon as there is room.

Employment conditions

  • starting salary between € 3,000 and € 5,500
  • four-weekly schedule
  • daily allowance when on destination
  • pension scheme
  • ISA travel discounts at hotels and car rental companies, among others
  • And above all: flying with a wonderful company that is one of the best and best-known airlines in the world.

KLM Flight Academy

Did you know that KLM has its own flight school? The KLM Flight Academy is the only aviation school in the Netherlands that can train commercial pilots for KLM. Those who successfully pass the rigorous selection will join fellow students on the two-year training course to become a commercial pilot - with financing. During this course, you will have plenty of opportunities to develop yourself, both professionally and personally. If you get your pilot's licence and we have vacancies? Then we'll make sure you can start working at KLM straight away! Discover the KLM Flight Academy

We'd love to hear from you!

Available vacancies can be found below - so take a quick look and apply! Would you rather know more first? Have a look through our frequently asked questions or send our recruiters an email:

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