Brussels Airlines
MPL Cadet Program

Your career as a Brussels Airlines pilot starts at Skywings

In cooperation with Skywings Flight Training, Brussels Airlines has started the MPL cadet program. After recruitment by Brussels Airlines, trainees will undergo a 19-month initial flight training at Skywings, before being employed by Brussels Airlines as a first officer on the Airbus A320 fleet. Brussels Airlines will select a limited number of candidates every year, to commence their flight training at Skywings, with the commitment of being offered a first officer position after successful graduation.

Who can apply?

Whether you have just graduated high school or are looking for a career change, our program is open for ambitious team players who work hard, persevere, and can perform under pressure. You do not need any flying experience or knowledge of aviation.


Partially sponsored by Brussels Airlines

Limited number of candidates each year

Employment by Brussels Airlines after graduation

How are candidates selected?

After an initial screening of your application, shortlisted candidates will be invited for an extensive screening process by Brussels Airlines.

Summary of the screening process

  • Compass test
  • Math & Physics Screening
  • English test

These are the same tests as we do for our ATPL classes, you can find more information on how to prepare here.


  • Psychological Screening
  • Group exercise
  • Motivation interview

For this second day, candidates do not need to prepare anything.


  • Simulator Assessment

These are the same tests as we do for our ATPL classes, you can find more information on how to prepare here.

Thanks to our collaboration the flight training becomes more affordable for the candidates, and it provides job security after graduating.

Filip Aerts
Head of Flight Operations, Brussels Airlines

About the program

This is an intense 19-month training that is not combinable with other activities such as a (side) job. Training occasionally takes places during the weekend and outside of office hours.

Your main training base is at the Skywings Flight Training campus at Antwerp Airport, but part of your training may take place in a fair-weather base near Alicante in Spain. In such case, accommodation and transport is included in the price. Accommodation and transport in Belgium are to be paid by the candidate.
The training program consists of different phases:
Theoretical phase: Part 1 (8 months)
You will start a 9-month theoretical training period, which is a combination of classroom presence learning and self-study. In this theoretical phase, you will learn about aircraft systems, instruments, aerodynamics, mass and balance, meteorology, communications, legislation, aircraft performance, flight planning, navigation, operational procedures, and general knowledge, skills, and attitude training.
Phase 1: Core Flying Skills (4 months)
In the first practical phase, you will fly a single-engine propeller aircraft and learn the basics of flying. You will learn to apply the correct cockpit procedures, turn, climb, descend, navigate, take off and land the aircraft. You will also fly some solo flights as part of your training.
Phase 2: Basic phase (4 months)
In the second practical phase, you will fly on the Airbus A320 simulator. You will learn about the aircraft systems, to apply procedures, how to work in a multi-crew cockpit and how to operate a large jet. You will learn to operate the Airbus in accordance with the Brussels Airlines procedures and fly it in instrument weather conditions.
Phase 3: Intermediate phase (1 month)
In phase 3 of the practical training, you will fly the Airbus A320 in the simulator, learning about applying normal and abnormal (emergency) procedures in a realistic flight setting (so-called “line-oriented flight training”).
Phase 4: Advanced phase (2 months)
Phase 4 encompasses the so-called “Airbus A320 Type Rating”. It initially takes place on the simulator, where you will work towards operating the Airbus A320 to the required Brussels Airlines company standards, in anticipation of your first actual flights with the Airbus A320. At the end of this phase, you will fly the actual Airbus A320 with a training captain for take-off and landing training without passengers on board. This concludes the MPL training.
More information about the program and requirements can be found on the Brussels Airlines site: visit the website

EASA MPL License

After graduation, trainees will be holder of an “EASA MPL License”, with a type rating on the Airbus A320. The MPL license will evolve into an ATPL license after 1500 flight hours and with all experience and competence requirements met.

How much does the program cost?

This partially sponsored training program costs 99.500 Euros (VAT inclusive).

Payment happens in 3 installments and includes all training costs except:
– Landing fees
– Antwerp Airport Security Badge
– Initial Class 1 medical

How to apply?

Applications are collected via the Brussels Airlines Website.

More about Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,200 people of which 538 are pilots and we currently operate 40 aircraft.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honors a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

Brussels Airlines is one of the four Lufthansa Group network airlines (Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS) and member of Star Alliance.

Are you interested in this program?

Visit the Brussels Airlines website for more information and to apply for the MPL Cadet Program.

Ready to make your dream come true?