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CommuteAir Partners with ATP Flight School for Tuition Reimbursement

North Olmsted, OH — January 25, 2017

CommuteAir announced a partnership with ATP Flight School to provide ATP graduate flight instructors a financially subsidized path to a pilot job at fast-growing CommuteAir and the opportunity to enroll in the United Airline® Career Path Program (CPP) at the time of entry into CommuteAir. The Tuition Reimbursement Program allows instructors to have up to $11,000 of their flight training costs paid for by CommuteAir, in exchange for agreeing to fly for CommuteAir after earning the requisite number of flight hours.

The CPP provides qualified pilots with a direct path to a United's flight deck upon completing the necessary interview/testing, flight hours, and other normal requirements.The combination of the CommuteAir-ATP partnership and the United CPP provides ATP students with a defined path to a long term commercial pilot career.

Joel T. Raymond, Chief Operating Officer at CommuteAir, commented that, "We have always valued ATP's high quality students and instructors.With our new partnership, we look forward to welcoming even more of them by easing their financial burden, helping them gain commercial experience, and offering them the opportunity to springboard to a United career."

The Tuition Reimbursement Program with ATP is part of CommuteAir's plan to address its hiring demands.These needs have developed as CommuteAir executes plans to triple in size over the next 2 years through the addition of 40 Embraer ERJ145 aircraft.The ATP partnership and the United CPP build on a foundation of CommuteAir's industry leading pay and benefits pilot package that includes:

  • Up to $15,000 sign on bonus
  • Rapid position upgrades for qualified applicants
  • Top-tier pay and benefits including 401K match
  • Unparalleled Commuter Policy including paid commuter hotels

About CommuteAir

CommuteAir, operating as United Express®, was founded in 1989 and is majority owned by Champlain Enterprises Inc. Today CommuteAir operates more than 900 weekly flights to more than 30 destinations, with Bombardier Q200/300 and Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, from bases in Newark, NJ and Washington-Dulles. CommuteAir's 900+ employees are well known in the industry for fostering a family culture and a friendly work environment. More information is available at

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ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program prepares pilots for airline careers from zero time to 1,500 hours, with CFI jobs and airline employment. Addressing the pilot shortage, airlines attract new pilots to the industry with ATP's Tuition Reimbursement Program, where airlines sponsor a portion of pilots' flight training loan repayment. ATP also provides type-rating and ATP CTP certification. ATP's 592 aircraft fly over 536,000 hours each year to provide over 12,200 FAA pilot certificates and ratings. As America's largest flight school, ATP is the leading supplier of professionally trained pilots to the nation's regional airlines.

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