About The Scheme

IAGO and Thomas Cook Airlines UK are proud to introduce an exciting and innovative new opportunity to (F)ATPL holders of all experiences and backgrounds – the Platinum Pilot Scheme.

A differentiated Commercial Pilot training scheme removing the element of “pay to fly”, there are no requirements to self sponsor or guarantee any loan.

To the right candidates we are offering an enhanced type conversion on to the Airbus A320 leading to a conditional employment offer with global leisure carrier, Thomas Cook Airlines UK.

In partnership with Thomas Cook Airlines UK, IAGO will provide a fully integrated airline-ready conversion for Platinum pilots enabling a seamless transition to the First Officer role.

We are seeking:

  • Non type–rated individuals who aspire to reach the highest professional flight crew standards and performance levels
  • Individuals with high levels of self-motivation, customer focus and commercial awareness
  • Safety lead, self aware individuals possessing strong latent flying capabilities

Who can apply?

To be eligible you will need:

  • An (F)ATPL/IR or ATPL/IR with Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Have at least 70 hours as pilot-in-command of Aeroplanes (for the Platinum Cadet scheme) or > 1500 hours total time and 500 hours multi-crew or military experience (for the Platinum Star scheme)
  • Have a valid multi-engine instrument rating (aeroplanes) within the last 5 years from the date of expiry of the rating. Only required for initial MPA course
  • Hold a certificate of satisfactory completion of multi-crew co-operation course; or present a copy of the Multi Crew Co-operation Course credit certificate. This requirement is for the first MPA type only
  • Be fluent in English (verbal and written Level 5 or 6)
  • Ability to produce a Criminal Record Check (CRC) Basic Disclosure Certificate
  • If you have you been out of the UK for a continuous period exceeding 6 months in the last 5 years, be able to easily obtain a CRC for those countries lived in over that period
  • The unrestricted right to live in the European Economic Area
  • Aged 18 or over

What is included?

An enhanced Type conversion course on the Airbus A320 aircraft leading to guaranteed employment with Thomas Cook Airlines UK*

  • Extended Type Rating conversion course fully aligned to Thomas Cook Airlines UK operating procedures
  • Aircraft Training (required for licence endorsement)
  • Line Training
  • Conditional First Officer contract*

* Conditional upon successful completion of the Training Course

Scheme costs

No upfront funding required. A small charge for the recruitment process will apply (Cadet pilots only).

For Cadet pilots:

  • IAGO pay upfront for the Type Rating
  • Thomas Cook Airlines UK pay upfront for the Aircraft Training (1)
  • Thomas Cook Airlines UK pay upfront for the Line Training (1)

For Experienced pilots:

  • No scheme costs apply - all training funding is provided.

(1) Bond arrangement forms part of the employment contract with Thomas Cook Airlines UK

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Platinum Pilot Scheme
for Experienced Pilots
  • I have at least 1500 hours of total flying time (excluding simulator time), and;
  • I have at least 500 hours of multi-crew flying time, or some military flying experience.

Ensure you have read the Terms & Conditions above before applying.

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Platinum Pilot Scheme
for Cadets
Sorry, but cadet applications are no longer being accepted due to the high number of applications received.

If you have already applied and have been asked to update your application, you can do so by clicking the Update Application button.

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IAGO Platinum Pilot Scheme

In partnership with Thomas Cook Airlines UK