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Mesa Airlines Airline Pilot Hiring Partnership

ATP graduates achieve their career goals sooner and have more choices of who to fly for. Mesa Airlines recruits commercial pilots trained by ATP and is one of ATP's 20 airline partners.

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Airline Sponsored AssistanceSummary of Mesa Airlines' Benefits

$35,000 in Tuition Reimbursement & Signing Bonus

Mesa Airlines has selected ATP as a preferred training provider to build their pilot pipelines with the best training in the fastest time frame possible, offering Airline Career Pilot Program students the following benefits to help offset the cost of paying for flight school.

Tuition Reimbursement

Receive up to $12,500 in airline sponsored financial assistance (exclusive to ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program students).

Signing Bonus

When you sign your contract with Mesa, receive a $10,000 advance of your bonus and the remaining $12,500 after completing your Initial Operating Experience (IOE). For a total signing bonus of $22,500.

Fast Track to the Majors

Take advantage of Mesa's status as a United Express® Aviate partner and fast-track your pilot career progression to United Airlines®.

Pilot Career Path and BenefitsSteps to Participate in the Program

The Fastest Path to United

  1. Step 1

    Airline Career Pilot Program

    Begin flight training in the Airline Career Pilot Program.

    United Aviate

    If your goal is to fly for United, apply to join the United Aviate program after earning your private pilot certificate. Aviate through ATP offers you an accelerated path to a career at United with added benefits.

  2. Step 2

    Build Experience as a Flight Instructor

    Become a flight instructor with ATP — guaranteed instructor job for Airline Career Pilot Program graduates, earning up to $42,000 annually with airline tuition reimbursement.

  3. Step 3

    Airline Interview & Airline Tuition Reimbursement

    As a certified flight instructor, complete an interview with Mesa Airlines. If you accept Mesa's offer, you are eligible to receive a $10,000 advance of your sign-on bonus paid immediately upon contract signing. They will also make a financial contribution of $5 per flight hour toward your loan payment, based on how much flight time you acquire each month between 500–1500 hours. If you did not finance your flight training, payments are made directly to you.

  4. Step 4

    Airline Pilot Job Placement

    About two years after starting flight training, and with approximately $10,000 in a sign-on bonus and $5,000 in airline tuition reimbursement received, you start your new hire class with Mesa Airlines. After completion of your Initial Operating Experience (IOE), you will receive the remaining $12,500 of your sign-on bonus. Monthly tuition reimbursement payments of $625 also continue to supplement first-year airline pay for at least 12 months. Then up to two years or your captain upgrade, whichever occurs first.

  5. Step 5

    Fly for United

    United Airlines

    Through Aviate, after 2,000 flight hours and 24 months flying as a Mesa pilot you will be eligible to transition to United. This program will place you at the top of the priority list, and once a first officer position at United is open, you’ll receive a job offer!

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United Airlines partners with ATP Flight School Offering the Aviate Program

About Mesa Airlines Fleet & Crew Bases Information

Mesa Airlines provides regional air service for American and United, operating 100+ aircraft with more than 500 daily system departures to 92 cities.

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Crew Bases
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Upgrade Time

Upgrade to Captain at Mesa within two years and participate in United Aviate Program.



  • CRJ-700
  • CRJ-900
  • ERJ-175
Crew Bases

Crew Bases

  • DFW
  • IAD
  • IAH
  • PHX

Airline Hiring & Placements

Congratulations to these ATP graduates who have achieved the next step in their professional pilot careers. ATP’s airline hiring partnership agreements get ATP graduates hired faster. For more success stories, see all the airline placements.

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