Business expansion
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Air Transport
51.10 - Passenger air transport

1,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
16 January 2018
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2018
Foreseen end date
1 January 2022


For the first time since 9 years, the airline Air France has announced to recruit about 200 to 250 pilots per year from 2018 to 2022. Air France must hire massively to cope with the return of growth and departures in retirement.'We are going to recruit about 250 pilots a year by 2022', explains Air France's Air Operations Assistant General Manager, responsible for some 3,400 Air France pilots. Of these 250 pilots, a hundred will come from the 'cadet' channel (a recruitment channel opened for 100 candidates without any aerospace background that will receive a 24 months training), the others are pilots already trained from other companies as well as pilots from the air force. Several important job reductions were recorded since 2010: 4,000 job cuts in 2010; 5,122 in 2012; 1,826 in 2013800 in April 2015 and 1,000 in October 2015.


  • 16 January 2018: Les Echos
  • 20 January 2018: Air Journal


Eurofound (2018), Air France, Business expansion in France, factsheet number 93064, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93064.