Real Answers from Real Pilots

Work hours

How long does a pilot usually work?
How many days a week?

Irwin,

Take a look at our “Schedules” section, it will answer your questions.

Chris

Irwin,

As Chris said check the Schedules section but in short there is no “usual”. Schedules vary greatly based on your airline, aircraft, and of course SENIORITY. The minimum number of days off per month at most airlines is 12 but I know pilots with 22. I’ve had days when I’ve done one single flight and been done after an hour and I’ve flown 14hrs to PEK. There are weeks when I work 6 days and others where I’ve been off for 7. To me that’s one of the perks of the job but if you prefer the 9-5 Mon-Fri flying’s not it.

Adam