Airline Pilot Hiring Announcements Pilot Job Market Heats Up in 2023
Airlines are hiring at faster rates than ever before. Pilots training and building their hours now will be among the most competitive. Stay up-to-date on pilot hiring announcements and what's going on with the pilot job market.
June 2022 - Piedmont and Envoy pilots will get 50% pay premiums through August 2024.
Two American Airlines-owned regional carriers will hike pilot pay by 50% through the end of August 2024, the latest sign airlines are willing to pay up in hopes of ending a pilot shortage that has left some travelers with fewer flight options.
The increases would make the pilots the highest paid of the U.S. regional airlines, ramping up pressure on other carriers to follow suit.
May 2022 - FedEx: No Degree Required and Hiring 70 Pilots Per Month
According to an internal memo, FedEx to no longer require pilots to have a 4-year degree to apply, and hire 70 pilots per month for the "foreseeable future".
January 2022 - American Airlines: We’re Staffing Up for the Holidays
According to an internal memo, American Airlines plans to hire up to 80 pilots a week.
November 2021 - American Airlines: We’re Staffing Up for the Holidays
American Airlines said Monday that it is ramping up staffing—particularly within flight operations—to make sure that the thousands of cancellations that happened over Halloween weekend won’t happen again as people head home for the holidays.
The airline said it will hire 440 hiring pilots between now and the end of 2021, as well as staff within tech operations, at airports and in reservations, “so more team members will be in place for the holiday season,” Seymour said.
October 2021 - Southwest Pilot application window will Open Oct 1-10!
We are opening our application window again! Even if you applied in July, you will need to apply again October 1-10 to be considered for 2022 classes.
August 2021 - As a PSA pilot, you’ll be part of a growing, close-knit, passionate team flying exclusively for American Airlines. You’ll receive the industry's highest compensation, unparalleled advancement opportunities, and benefits few other regionals can match.
Pilot Retention Bonus Program, up to $150,000. High Experience Bonus, $15,000 for those with at least 1,000 hours of qualified FAR 121 experience or $10,000 for those with at least 750 hours of qualified FAR 121 experience. Sign-on Bonus, $15,000 with $10,000 after training completion and $5,000 at one-year anniversary. CRJ-Type Rating Bonus, $7,500 for pilots with qualified CRJ-type rating.
August 2021 - Envoy is introducing the Pilot Retention and Bonus Program for pilots to earn up to $150,000 in retention compensation and captain bonuses. This program is designed to reward pilots for their efforts and incentivize all pilots to continue their careers at Envoy or begin a new chapter at American Airlines. And with an industry leading flow-through agreement to American, Envoy pilots have a direct path to a mainline flying career, with no additional interview required.
This program is in addition to the $15,000 signing bonus Envoy is offering new pilots today and will make it even more attractive for candidates who want to join the Envoy team. The program will also be retroactive to include all current pilots at Envoy and new hires through 2022.
August 2021 - Pilots who choose to join Piedmont Airlines’ exceptional aviation team can earn over $180,000 in bonuses as part of an unprecedented recruitment and retention package and have a guaranteed job at American Airlines under a company “flow” program. You will train at the American Airlines Flight Training Center in Charlotte, North Carolina and flow to American in seniority order. No regional airline gets pilots to a major airline faster.
August 2021 - Our pilots share a passion for safety, customer service and caring for their crews. JetBlue pilots inspire teamwork and take pride in making values-based decisions in the air and on the ground. Roles are available at BOS (Boston), FLL (Fort Lauderdale), JFK (New York), LAX (Los Angeles) and MCO (Orlando).
July 2021 - Envoy is pleased to announce the return of a bonus for all new hire pilots. Starting today, July 28, 2021, Envoy now offers new hire pilots a $15,000 sign-on bonus, paid out over the first year. Acceptance of this bonus includes a two-year commitment to Envoy as a pilot.
July 2021 - Following the release of American Airlines’ (A1G) (AAL) 2021 second-quarter financial report, the carrier revealed its intent on adding 1,350 pilots by the year 2022.
Prior to the report, American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) reported having asked over 3,300 employees to return from leave to aid in fortifying its staffing requirements. Additionally, the US-based carrier hired nearly 3,500 new employees in 2021 and plans to hire 350 pilots by the end of 2021 and over 1,000 pilots and 800 flight attendants in 2022.
July 2021 - Southwest Airlines is coming back, and the airline is focused on having the staffing it needs in a post-crisis world. To that extent, the airline will be opening up positions for roughly 120 pilots. Southwest is not the only carrier hiring pilots in 2021, but it is further evidence of the ongoing recovery in the American aviation industry.
July 2021 - Republic has increased its new hire First Officer bonus to a industry leading $17,000.
June 2021 - United’s new blockbuster order for 270 new Airbus and Boeing aircraft comes with huge job growth. The carrier plans to hire 10,000 new pilots by the end of the decade and a total of 25,000 new employees by 2026. These will be spread out across United’s hubs, with Newark seeing the largest rise in workforce.
June 2021 - Delta Air Lines Inc. plans to hire more than 1,000 pilots by next summer to support its expected recovery from the devastation of the pandemic and an expansion of its route network.
Domestic leisure travel will return to pre-pandemic volumes this month, John Laughter, Delta’s operations chief, said in a memo to flight-operations employees Monday. Travel restrictions across the Atlantic should ease in the second half of the year, he said, building on recent market openings in Spain, France, Italy and Greece.
June 2021 - American Airlines Group Inc. dropped about 1% % of its scheduled daily flights for July after a faster-than-expected surge in summer travel led to crew shortages.
June 2021 - Delta Air Lines will begin hiring 150 per month starting in September until the end of the year. Starting in January 2022, they will be hiring 200 per month.
Source: Aero Crew Solutions
May 2021 - Allegiant is hiring and plans to increase pilot workforce by 19% this summer.
May 2021 - Offering a positive company culture, top pilot pay rates and career stability. Endeavor pilots are leading the way with the best hourly pilot pay and enjoy a family-like culture where your team supports you every step of the way. First-year First Officer pay rate of $52.19/hr and third-year Captain pay rate of $99.40/hr, $10,000 Pilot Training Completion Bonus and more.
May 2021 - Horizon Air is accepting aspiring pilots into their Pilot Development Program. ATP students can earn $11,000 in tuition reimbursement.
Source: Internal Memo
April 2021 - Delta Air Lines said Wednesday it will resume hiring new pilots, following other carriers in preparing for future staffing as travel demand rebounds.
The Atlanta-based carrier will start by adding 75 pilots who have conditional job offers in June through August “and will likely increase the number of new pilots by September,” John Laughter, Delta's senior vice president and chief of operations, wrote in a staff memo, which was seen by CNBC.
April 2021 - American Airlines plans to resume hiring pilots this fall, the carrier told aviators on Tuesday, as a rebound in demand prompts airlines to rethinking their future staffing.
April 2021 - Envoy Air Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) operating nearly 180 aircraft on about 900 daily flights to more than 150 destinations. The company’s more than 14,000 employees provide regional flight service to American Airlines under the American Eagle brand and livery and ground handling services for multiple airlines, including American.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, Envoy is the largest regional airline provider for American, the world’s largest airline. And with an industry leading flow-through agreement to American, Envoy pilots have a direct path to a mainline flying career, with no additional interview required.
April 2021 - We’re looking for highly qualified, motivated pilots who want to work for an airline that respects its employees, offers fantastic opportunities and is dedicated to making a difference. If that sounds like you, then you’re Republic ready!
April 2021 - CommuteAir, a United Express carrier, announced it will offer a fast-track hiring process for ATP Flight School students, strengthening CommuteAir’s partnership with ATP as the airline continues growing.
The program, which is available exclusively to ATP Flight School students and instructors, provides applicants a conditional job offer for a first officer position upon the successful completion of a background check and technical interview, creating a more streamlined hiring and onboarding experience for qualified candidates.
April 2021 - SkyWest Airlines pilots have more opportunity, exposure, and access than any other regional pilots, allowing them to truly Take Control of Their Pilot Careers.
With 18 domiciles, a fleet of over 450 aircraft and growing, and flying agreements with four mainline partners – United, Delta, American and Alaska – SkyWest offers the best quality of life for pilots.
April 2021 - United Airlines on Thursday told staff it will soon begin hiring hundreds of pilots — a process the airline was forced to halt when coronavirus pandemic devastated travel demand last year, according to an internal email reviewed by CNBC. The Chicago-based airline is the first of the large U.S. carriers to announce it will resume pilot hiring, the latest sign it’s preparing for a recovery.
March 2021 - PSA is officially hiring! Planning classes of 30 new hires bi-weekly, starting in April.
March 2021 - Air Wisconsin has updated their “open positions” to include First Officers.
March 2021 - Endeavor is hiring pilots again - join our growing team!
Endeavor provides an exciting opportunity to fly commercial MHI CRJ 200/700/900 aircraft. Our pilots are safety conscious and customer oriented. The Pilot conducts flight operations in strict compliance with company policies, procedures, and federal regulations.
January 19, 2021 - U.S. ultra low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines, which is owned by private equity firm Indigo Partners, is planning to resume new pilot hiring this year, a Frontier spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
The airline intends to open the pilot application window soon with the aim of re-starting hiring that was frozen during the pandemic by July, provided passenger demand recovers, the spokeswoman said, confirming a report from sources. The current plan is to hire around 100 pilots this year, she said.
March 2, 2021 - We're ready, are you?! It's been a long year, but we're excited to announce that the Pilot application window at GoJet Airlines is NOW OPEN!
March 28, 2021 - CommuteAir visiting ATP training centers the week of March 28.
Source: Airline Location Visits
March 1, 2021 - Starting February 23, 2021, United will resume interviewing eligible Aviate applicants from across our partner network: universities, flight schools, Part 135 operators and United Express carriers.
February 13, 2021 - Spirit Airlines has announced it is hiring new pilots and flight attendants in anticipation of a return to normal travel levels in 2021. It’s also hiring flight instructors and flight attendant recruiters as it gets ready for recovery. “We’ll be a big hirer again,” CEO Ted Christie told CNBC.
February 26, 2021 - Come fly with us: Our First Officer application window opens March 1 to March 7.
February 28, 2021 - Delta has told its pilots it plans to have them all back to flying status by October to get ready for a return to more normal operations. A memo from Chief of Operations John Laughter says details will be unveiled March 5 and COVID-19-idled pilots can expect a busy summer of training and refreshers. “Looking ahead, we’re preparing to potentially build back to 2019 levels of flying by summer 2023,” he wrote. “This decision is a significant step to position Delta for the network recovery and supports projected customer demand.”
January 2021 - FedEx hired 36 pilots in January. Atlas Air hired 32 pilots in January. UPS hired 23 pilots in January.
January 2021 - FedEx reports it will hire 52 pilots a month until their staffing needs are met. Projecting a total of 560 new pilots in 2021.
January 2021 - UPS reports they expect to hire 227 pilots in 2021.