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Airline Hiring Partnerships Fast Track Your Pilot Career to All Major Airlines

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ATP's hiring partnerships set the foundation for your career success, with paths to all major airlines and multiple options on how to get there. Exclusive agreements with 38 airline, cargo, and corporate operators allow you to take advantage of tuition reimbursement, bonuses, cadet programs, and corporate pathway programs.

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Explore ATP's airline partnerships for information about each airline, including; pilot career paths, company benefits, hiring information, payscales for captains and first officers, pilot salary, aircraft fleet, crew bases and contact information.

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Frontier Direct Program Progress Straight to the Airbus Flight Deck at Frontier Airlines

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Fastest, Proven Path to the Major Airlines

Proven by thousands of successful graduates, ATP's airline partnerships open up more options and provide you with the fastest path to the major airlines. Airline-oriented fast track training and unparalleled resources take your career further, faster, and get you to the airlines first.

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Step 1: Earn Pilot Certificates & Ratings
7 Months

Starting with zero experience, you must first earn an FAA commercial multi-engine pilot certificate and instrument rating. The Airline Career Pilot Program is the most efficient and proven way to earn the certification you need to become an airline pilot, which will take you just seven months.

Already a Delta Employee? Take advantage of the Delta Air Lines Propel — Pilot Career Path Program.

Step 2: Apply to Endeavor's STEP and CAP Programs

Apply to Endeavor's Student to Endeavor Program (STEP) combined with the Career Advancement Program (CAP). Interview for Endeavor Air / Delta Air Lines 18 months ahead of reaching First Officer minimums. No college degree is required.

Step 3: Build Experience as a Flight Instructor

Earn 1,500 hours of flight experience as an instructor with ATP.

Step 4: Start Flying as a Regional Airline Pilot
2 Years

Once you reach 1,500 hours of flight time, you will start flying for Endeavor. Endeavor Air is the only regional carrier to offer pilots a defined career path to Delta Air Lines. Pilots hired by Endeavor Air are eligible to participate in the Career Advancement Program (CAP), which guarantees direct career progression to Delta Air Lines with no further testing or interview.

Step 5: Start as a Pilot with Delta Air Lines
~6 Years

Delta Air Lines

After gaining experience as a regional airline pilot at Endeavor, you will then have the opportunity to progress to Delta Air Lines after a minimum of 4.5 years of service at Endeavor, with 24 months as Captain.

Step 1: Airline Career Pilot Program

Start flight training in ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program. The Airline Career Pilot Program is the most efficient and proven way to earn the certification you need to become an airline pilot.

Step 2: Apply for United AviateSM
2 Months

United Aviate

In two months, you'll earn your private pilot certificate and be eligible to apply for United Aviate.

Step 3: Earn Pilot Certificates & Ratings
7 Months

Once accepted into the Aviate program, you can begin taking advantage of United travel privileges and mentorship while you earn your commercial and flight instructor certificates in just seven months.

Step 4: Build Experience as a Flight Instructor

Earn 1,500 hours of flight experience as an instructor with ATP.

Step 5: Airline Interview

As an instructor, interview with one of ATP’s United Express airline partners and take advantage of the best airline sponsored incentives.

Step 6: Airline Pilot Job Placement
2 Years

Once you reach 1,500 hours of flight time, you will start flying for your regional airline as a pilot.

Step 7: Fly for United

United Airlines

After gaining 2,000 hours and 24 months of experience flying at your United Express airline, you can then transition directly to United with no additional evaluation or interviews required. You’ll be at the top of the priority list, and once a first officer position at United is open, you’ll receive a job offer.

Step 1: Earn Pilot Certificates & Ratings
7 Months

Starting with zero experience, you must first earn an FAA commercial multi-engine pilot certificate and instrument rating. The Airline Career Pilot Program is the most efficient and proven way to earn the certification you need to become an airline pilot, which will take you just seven months.

Step 2: Build Experience as a Flight Instructor

Earn 1,500 hours of flight experience as an instructor with ATP.

Step 3: Envoy Cadet Program
Envoy Air

When you're a flight instructor, interview with Envoy Air for participation in the Cadet Program. This will be your first and last interview; no future interviews are required by Envoy Air or American Airlines.

Participating in the Cadet Program as an instructor makes you an Envoy Air employee, allowing you to enjoy health and travel benefits from the airline while you gain experience.

Step 4: Fly as Regional First Officer
2 Years

Once you reach 1,500 hours of flight time, complete the ATP CTP course sponsored by Envoy. Once finished, you’ll be placed into the next available new hire class at Envoy Air and begin flying as a regional airline first officer.

Step 5: Upgrade to Captain
~4 Years

After approximately two years flying as first officer, upgrade to captain with Envoy Air.

Step 6: Fly for American Airlines
~7 Years

American Airlines

Next, you will have the opportunity to become a pilot with American Airlines. An agreement between Envoy Air and American Airlines allows you to flow-through to the major airline in just over five years, with no additional interview required.

Step 1: Earn Pilot Certificates & Ratings
7 Months

Starting with zero experience, you must first earn an FAA commercial multi-engine pilot certificate and instrument rating. The Airline Career Pilot Program is the most efficient and proven way to earn the certification you need to become an airline pilot, which will take you just seven months.

Step 2: Build Experience as a Flight Instructor

Earn 1,500 hours of flight experience as an instructor with ATP.

Step 3: Interview with Frontier
1,250 to 1,500 Hours

Between 1,250 to 1,500 hours total flight time, recommended instructors can interview with Frontier and participate in the Frontier Direct Program.

Step 4: Complete Jet Transition & ATP CTP Course
1,500 Hours

Complete a jet transition program and ATP CTP course with ATP, utilizing a full-motion Airbus A320 simulator training.

Step 5: Start as a Pilot with Frontier
2 Years

Frontier Airlines

Start flying as an Airbus First Officer with Frontier. This accelerated path allows you to go directly to the major airlines at 1,500 hours and enjoy higher starting pay, increased career stability, and improved quality of life.

Step 1: Earn Pilot Certificates & Ratings
7 Months

Starting with zero experience, you must first earn an FAA commercial multi-engine pilot certificate and instrument rating. The Airline Career Pilot Program is the most efficient and proven way to earn the certification you need to become an airline pilot, which will take you just seven months.

Step 2: Build Experience as a Flight Instructor

Earn 1,500 hours of flight experience as an instructor with ATP.

Step 3: Interview with Spirit
500 Hours

At 500 hours total flight time, recommended instructors can interview with Spirit and participate in the Spirit Direct Program.

Step 4: Complete Jet Transition & ATP CTP Course
1,500 Hours

Complete a jet transition program and ATP CTP course with ATP, utilizing a full-motion Airbus A320 simulator training.

Step 5: Start as a Pilot with Spirit
2 Years

Spirit Airlines

Start flying as an Airbus First Officer with Spirit. This accelerated path allows you to go directly to the major airlines at 1,500 hours and enjoy higher starting pay, increased career stability, and improved quality of life.

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United Airlines partners with ATP Flight School Offering the Aviate Program

ATP's Airline Direct Partnerships Go Direct to B737 & A320 First Officer

Spirit Airbus A320 Airlines
Sun Country Airlines
Avelo Boeing 737
Frontier Airlines

Complete pilot training in seven months, then go directly to the Airbus and Boeing flight deck as a First Officer at 1,500 hours. Exclusive partnerships with Spirit, Frontier, Avelo, and Sun Country allow you to fast track your career and go directly to the majors.

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Envoy Air — The Fastest Path to American Airlines Now Offering $180k in Bonuses

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Airline Hiring Alliances

Additional airline hiring alliances give ATP graduates the advantage over other pilots. Click on the airline to view details of each airline hiring partnership and find out why ATP graduates have the competitive edge.

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Corporate & Cargo Hiring PartnershipsMore Great Opportunities to Fly

As an Airline Career Pilot Program graduate, you can take advantage of ATP's regional airline partnerships or fly for a corporate operator partner, such as:

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Airline Career Pilot Program graduates are being hired by the airlines

“I [started with credit for private] and I ended up at Frontier Airlines flying the Airbus A320 series just 2 years later.”