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Employment opportunities information

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Employment Opportunity
Qualified pilot

Your Chance to join one of the world's leading airlines as a first officer

South African Airways regularly recruits qualified pilots for appointment as First Officers

In order to qualify, applicants must be:

  • South African citizens
  • Matriculated, with a pass in English as well as either Mathematics or Physical Science
  • In possession of a valid SA Commercial Pilot’s License or higher with a multi engine instrument rating
  • A valid Class 1 medical
  • All applicants should have at least 1500 flying hours’ experience which should include at least 200 hours experience on multi-engine aircraft.

Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:

  • Good judgement and decision making skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Communications skills
  • Multi-tasking ability
  • Customer and service – oriented
  • ability to work in a team
  • Negotiation skills
  • Risk management

Key Outputs

As a First Officer you will be required to be part of a Flight Deck Crew that provides world – class safety standards and efficiency in the transportation of passengers and cargo whilst exceeding our customer expectations.

Application Form

Please note that recruitment for First Officers is conducted at specific periods when the need arises. However, an up-to-date database of CVs is kept and utilized when SAA is recruiting, thus your application may only be processed when SAA recruits for First Officers.

To apply for the position of First Officer, please download the SAA Application Form using this link. Please complete and send to

Please note that only CVs completed using the SAA application form format will be accepted.

Documentation Requirements

Your application form (SAA CV format) must be accompanied by the following:

  • Aviation Records
  • Summary of all the types of aircraft flown and the number of hours flown in each
  • Certified copies of the following:
    • Last page of the logbook;
    • South African Identity Document
    • Pilot License
    • Matric Certificate
    • Education Qualifications
  • A passport photograph (attached to your application form)


If you have any queries, please send an email to or call 011 978 2006.