ASL Airlines Ireland Mentored Programme

AFTA has launched a brand-new mentored programme in partnership with ASL Airlines Ireland (ASLI), formerly Air Contractors. ASL is a renowned cargo airline with an extensive operations network, conducting scheduled freight services across Europe on behalf of major parcel integrators like Amazon, FedEx Feeder, and DHL Express, as well as providing wet lease services for scheduled airlines.

Here are some incredible benefits of joining ASL through this programme:

Join one of Europe’s largest cargo operators and become a part of the ASL Holdings Group, which boasts a fleet of over 130 aircraft across seven airlines worldwide, covering both freight and passenger operations.

  • Join one of Europe’s largest cargo operators and become a part of the ASL Holdings Group, which boasts a fleet of over 130 aircraft across seven airlines worldwide, covering both freight and passenger operations.
  • Become a member of ASL Ireland, a thriving cargo airline with 40 aircraft across five fleets, including the ATR, B737, A300-600, and A330.
  • Enjoy a diverse network of destinations throughout Europe.
  • Receive top-notch initial and recurrent training.
  • Unlock promising career prospects, including fleet transitions, command promotion, training team opportunities, safety office roles, and more.
  • Benefit from secure employment.
  • Enjoy fixed roster patterns with generous time off.
  • Receive a competitive salary and generous away-from-base allowances.
  • Be part of a warm and friendly company that values its people.
  • Thrive in a dynamic working environment, collaborating with industry giants such as FedEx, DHL, and Amazon.

ASL offers attractive salary packages for First Officers which is in-line with other airlines.

Start Dates

  • Monday 12th February 2024
  • Monday 8th April 2024
  • Tuesday 4th June 2024
  • Tuesday 6th August 2024
  • Monday 14th October 2024


Minimum age: 17 ½
Must hold a valid EU (Part-MED) issued Class 1 Medical
Complete an assessment in our academy.
Minimum IELTS Level 4.5 English Language Proficiency


Contact us for a course fee

Course Fee Includes:

  • Uniform (shirt, tie, jumper, jacket), flight bag, headset, digital copies of ATPL theory and PPL theory books, pilots computer (CRP5), kneeboard, logbook, VFR charts.
  • Safety Courses and Airport ID along with all associated administration.
  • Course management and access to our online training records system.
  • Advanced Upset and Prevention Recovery Training (AUPRT).
  • Airline Preparation Standard and Multi-Crew Co-ordination (APS MCC).
  • Professional Development Programme.

Course Fee Excludes:

  • Online CUT-E assessment €79 and AFTA assessment fee: €300.
  • Accommodation and living expenses. Accommodation is approximately €550 per month.
  • Our Student Liaison Officer is available to assist students sourcing accommodation prior to commencing a course.
  • Medical exam for EASA Class 1 Medical.
  • Type-Rating.
  • ATPL theory exams and licence fees.

Arrange an Assessment

Our ASL assessment consists of two parts.

1) Psychometric and aptitude testing which can be completed online at home.

2) Simulator assessment and interview which are held between Monday – Friday in our main Academy. Preparation is key.

The CUT-E Test

When you contact one of our training advisors you will be emailed a link to complete this section of the assessment at home. This is a computerised pilot screening system which assesses work related behaviour, situational behaviour, deductive-logical thinking, inductive-logical thinking, spatial orientation, reaction speed, monitoring ability, multi-tasking capabilities and complex control.

The Simulator Assessment

After successfully passing the CUT-E test, you will be invited to attend part two of the assessment in our academy. The simulator aptitude test consists of a short briefing, after which you will be instructed to perform some basic manoeuvres. This is to assess your trainability, capacity and interaction with an instructor.

The Interview

This final part of the process is an opportunity for you to tell us why you would like to join the ASL Mentored Programme and what qualities, characteristics and experience you could offer ASL Airlines.

The instructors want to be sold on your commitment and dedication towards the training and the career. You will be tested on your technical and non-technical skills.

Non- technical skills include areas such as communication, leadership and decision making. Technical skills would include, basic knowledge of aircraft systems, principles of flight. There will also be some mental math’s questions included here.

Contact Our Training Advisers.

Make an appointment to talk with one of our expert Training Advisors. They are trained to answer all your questions regarding training, finance and career prospects. This service is free.