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Cargo Airline

Luxembourg flagLuxembourg | Europe

Fleet: 30
AC on order: 10

First Officer - B747

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Employment - Permanent
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Minimum requirements

Total time
1500 hours
Type rating
Flight time notes
  • Minimum 1500 hours multi-pilot multi-engine time on jet aircraft or turboprop aircraft (CS-25) with MTOW > 10 tons or seating capacity > 19 seats
Lic. Authority
Class 1
ICAO ELP level
Covid-19 vaccination
Not specified

Additional requirements

  • Type-rated on B747-400
  • EASA Part FCL ATPL or CPL / IR with ATPL theory or MPL
  • EASA Part Medical Class 1
  • Full second level graduation minimum (e.g. Baccalaurat, Abitur, A-Level Exam, Matura)
  • ICAO English language proficiency level 4, preferably level 6
  • Above-average flying abilities & impeccable safety standards
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Authorization to live and work within the European Union
  • Ability to successfully pass a security background check and a pre-employment medical test
  • Unrestricted rights for international travel
  • Agreement to transfer your license to a Luxembourg issued EASA license

Work conditions


Roster: Monthly based roster with minimum 12 days off in 2 blocks

7 fixed consecutive days off

5 fixed consecutive days off (6 rosters per year)

5 consecutive days off that can changed for operational reasons subject to notification and compensation rules. (6 rosters per year)


Average 1 7 day rotations

Short, Medium and Long-haul Operations

All cargo operations Schedule and ACMI

1 iconic fleet type: Boeing 747-8F/ Boeing 747-400F

Highly varied operations and global operations

Interview, screening and training section

Step 1
Your Recruitment Journey will consist of:
Step 2
Pilot Aptitude tests
Step 3
The psychometric tests are tailored for pilots and have been designed by an Aviation Psychologist. It includes a mandatory phase of preparation prior to the test with online materials. The tests are conducted in-house at our HQ in Luxembourg.
Step 4
Simulator Screening
Step 5
Conducted at our HQ in Luxembourg, it involves approximately 1 hour of briefing and 45 minutes of simulator flying. Preparatory information required for flying the B747-8 and B747-400 simulator will be provided in due time before the simulator screening session. The screening is designed to assess your potential of adaptability, your flying skills as well as your ability to interact effectively with other crewmembers.
Step 6
Assessment Center and Company Interview
Step 7
These steps are scheduled during a 2-day period at our HQ in Luxembourg. The assessment center methods involve group exercises, role plays and will be followed by a company interview. The selection panel is composed of experienced pilots, human factors experts and recruitment managers.
Step 8
Successful candidates will be contacted by Cargolux to arrange a suitable starting date for both parties or be placed in a pool of positive applications and contacted for future openings.

Compensation and benefits

Insurance - Life
Insurance - Loss of Lic.
Insurance - Medical
Per Diem
Provident Fund


  • Competitive salary package entry salary based on previous experience
  • As Senior First Officer, the monthly gross salary is 6 006,27 EUR (index 834,76)
  • As First Officer, the monthly gross salary is 5 525,36 EUR (index 834,76)
  • As Junior First Officer, the monthly gross salary is 5 097,96 EUR (index 834,76)
  • Yearly increase in accordance to the Cargolux CWA
  • Per diem, Sunday, Night time and overtime supplements
  • Full 13th month Paid as of the 2nd year, 1st year 25%
  • 42 vacation days Accumulative to the Off day scheme
  • Various part-time schemes to balance work and private life, including 2 to 4 extra days off per month or up to 5 rosters off per year.
  • Supplementary pension scheme
  • Several types of insurance for life, accident and disability
  • World-wide medical & accident coverage with repatriation scheme
  • Profit sharing plan
  • Loss of license insurance
  • Staff travel benefits for employee and his/her immediate family
  • Medical certificate, required license and endorsements renewals
  • Seniority bonus
  • Pilots operating for Cargolux Airlines International S.A. are affiliated to the Luxembourg social security system according to European regulations.
  • Luxembourg's social security system is made up to cover and provide income security in the following fields: retirement pension, maternity and parental leave, occupational accident, disability, survivor's insurance, long-term care insurance and early retirement pension. It also provides social and family benefits.
  • Despite unmatched social benefits, the deductions from the gross salary are among the lowest in the EU at about 11% withholdings.
  • Health Care
  • Luxembourg's healthcare system is one of the best in Europe. The state provided healthcare system covers affiliated individuals (resident and non-resident employees) with medical coverage in case of sickness, work-related accidents or illness, maternity, disability and dependency for medical costs and loss of remuneration.
  • Immediate family members (i.e. spouse and dependents) could also benefit from social security coverage if not themselves affiliated.
  • Pension
  • Employees who have been affiliated at least 12 months in Luxembourg (and at least 10 years within the EU) may benefit at the legal retirement age from the Luxembourg pension allowance according to the time of affiliation in Luxembourg. The benefits of the Luxembourg state pension system typically exceed those of most European countries.
  • Child & Family allowance
  • The standard of child and family allowances in Luxembourg is one of the highest within the EU.
  • As a Cargolux employee, you are entitled to social benefits if you are EU/EFTA resident. As from August 1st 2016, child benefits amount to 265 per child per month. The amount is not subject to tax in Luxembourg.
  • If you or the other parent already receive child allowance from another EU country, the Luxembourg government could pay a differential supplement subject to the current regulation.
  • Taxes in Luxembourg are relatively low compared to the other European countries. Additionally, some supplements are exempt from tax in Luxembourg.
  • Taxation depends on the country of residence and the application of a bilateral tax agreement between Luxembourg and your country of residence.

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