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Operator Classification
Operator name: Air France
Operator type: Legacy
Region: Europe
Country: France
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Capt top 15000 (with seniority long haul captain)
Capt base 8500 year one captain
FO top 11 000 after tax ( with seniority full ATPL and long haul pilot) 26/Dec/22
FO base 3500 euros after tax (minimum hours 0 experience) 26/Dec/22
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Flight Pay / Per Diem
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Capt Between 90-135 after tax per "equivalent flight hour"
FO Between 40-95 after tax per "equivalent flight hour"
Pension Details
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According to the French law and Air France policy  
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Roster Maximum 5 or 6 day pattern on pilot's preference. Maximum 4 sectors per day on short haul. Long haul average of 3-4 flights per month. Minimum 12 days off per month, average of 15
Leave 45 total 3.75 per month
Staff travel Yes
Employment Situation For Pilots
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  Current Situation:  
Positive massive recruitment Specially for the A220 fleet and Transavia France 737 26/Dec/22
Air France is growing again mainly trough transavia France target this summer 80 B737-800 and looking to introduce the 320/321neo’s. Need of 600 pilots for 2023, 400 new hires predicted in 2024, and 300 the years after that. 30/Jun/23
  Overall Situation (+ve/neutral/-ve):  
Positive   30/Jun/23
Entry Requirements
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Only on seniority, average of 16 years for AF mainline, quicker if willing to move for Transavia (3-6 years) 7/Jan/24
Cadets (only ENAC and internal cadets), experienced pilots from other airlines (jet preferred but not restricted to) including Hop. Some ex military pilots. 7/Jan/24
No SOs at Air France 15/Aug/16
The recruitment conditions for "Les Cadets d'Air France" school involve a comprehensive evaluation of candidates. Applicants must typically meet the following requirements: Age: Candidates are usually between 18 and 28 years old. Education: A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent educational qualification is required. Language Proficiency: Proficiency in English is essential, as it is the primary language used in aviation communication. Some knowledge of French may also be necessary. Medical Fitness: Candidates must pass a thorough medical examination to ensure they meet the physical and mental requirements for a career in aviation. Aptitude Tests: Applicants undergo a series of aptitude tests that assess their cognitive abilities, including logical reasoning, numerical comprehension, and multitasking skills. Psychometric Assessment: A psychological evaluation is conducted to gauge candidates' personality traits, stress management capabilities, and decision-making skills. Interviews: Candidates participate in multiple interviews, which may include panel interviews with representatives from Air France and aviation professionals. Cost of training is fully covered by Air France and the Cadets receive a salary during their training which approximate to 1000€ a month.   11/Feb/24
Recruitment Process
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To meet the requirements (completely fluent in french, and get the right age/flying experience), then : 1st step/Psy1: 8 hours of psychometric test (arithmetic, logic, french fast reading and comprehension). 2nd step/Psy2: a serie of group exercises and common problem to be solved. Individual interview, with an Air France pilot and a psychologist. 3rd step (experienced pilots only) : a sim, if needed. Last step: commission and final decision. 11/Feb/24
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31x A220, 6x A318, 13x A319, 37xA320, 14x A321, 14x A330-200, 27x A350, 17X B777-200ER, 43X B777-300ER, 2X B777F, 10x B787-9 21/Feb/24
41X A220, + 60 option, 15X 350. + 100 A320neo/A321neo for transavia   26/Dec/22
Recruitment Contact For Pilots
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  Preferred method of application:  
Online application 21/May/19
  Job Title:  
www.airfrance.com   28/Mar/05
  Pilot vacancies webpage:   
http://corporate.airfrance.com/fr/emploi   24/Apr/17
  Online application form link:   
Bases For Pilots
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CDG and/or Orly for short haul and long haul. Temporary bases in Marseille, Nice, Toulouse on short haul. Orly for Transavia. Likely that in the future AF will be entirely in CDG and Transavia in Orly (from 2026)   7/Jan/24


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