Pilot careers

As a pilot, choosing an airline to fly with isn’t a small decision, but we believe we can make it an easy one. Whether you’re looking for proven stability, exciting growth opportunities, or a vibrant culture that makes you excited to go to work every day, the WestJet Group has it all. Read on to discover more reasons why pilots choose to fly with us, and how you can apply.  

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Why pilots choose the WestJet Group

Plenty of options

Made up of WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop, the WestJet Group provides pilots with the opportunity to fly with the airline that best suits their level of experience and goals. 

Compensation and benefits

Competitive salary, benefits and our Savings Plan make flying with the WestJet Group an attractive option for pilots looking to grow with an airline and be based in Canada.

Safety Above All. Always.

With an unwavering commitment to Safety Above All and the track record to prove it, the WestJet Group has attracted some of the best aviation professionals from around the globe, providing outstanding support and leadership for our pilots.

Stability and opportunity to grow

In operation for over two decades, the WestJet Group is an award-winning Canadian success story. With ambitious growth plans, along with new aircraft and routes being added around the globe, there’s substantial opportunity for advancement across the WestJet Group’s different airlines. It’s why many pilots choose to fly with us for their whole careers.

Become a WestJetter, not an employee
The WestJet Group has, and always will be, defined by our people: passionate, friendly individuals who go above and beyond in everything they do. It creates an atmosphere and culture that ensures our guests, and WestJetters alike, love where they’re going.


The WestJet group

  WestJet Encore Swoop WestJet

De Havilland Dash 8

Boeing 737-800

Boeing 737 MAX


Boeing 737-700 ; 800

Boeing 737 MAX

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Technical requirements

First Officer: 250 hours (preference over 1000 hours)

Direct Entry Captain: 5000 hours

First Officer: 1500 hours 

First Officer: 2000 hours



Calgary, Toronto

Edmonton, Hamilton, Toronto

Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto

  • Regional Experience Incentive Payment (REIP) bonus
  • Confirmed base at time of offer
  • Socialized bidding
  • Growth opportunities into Swoop and WestJet mainline. A pilot must only interview once for a role within the WestJet family


  • Single-day pairings
  • Growth opportunities into Encore and WestJet mainline. A pilot must only interview once for a role within the WestJet family
  • Years of service and seniority carry over into WestJet Mainline
  • Jump seat agreements with other airlines
  • Non-seniority standby, intercompany travel privileges with the WestJet Group
  • 2 weeks' vacation to start
  • Socialized bidding for senior pilots
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See our unique recruitment style 

To promote WestJet Encore’s job openings, we made a recruitment ad that was sure to get pilots’ attention.

WestJet women leading the way

The women of WestJet have been instrumental in leading us through the COVID-19 pandemic. For Women of Aviation Week, we are recognizing some of these extraordinary WestJetters.

Ready to apply?

If you have the same passion for flying that we do and think you’d be a great fit for the WestJet Group, click below to discover the Pilot positions we currently have open.

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