Airline Pilot Hiring Announcements for 2024

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FedEx Logo American Airlines Regional Carriers Hike Pilot Pay More Than 50% As Shortage Persists

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.


FedEx Logo FedEx No Longer Requires Pilots To Have a 4-Year Degree, and Hiring 70 Pilots Per Month

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".


American Airlines Logo American Airlines Planning to Hire Up to 70 Pilots per Week

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.


American Airlines Logo American Airlines to Hire 440 Pilots by the End of 2021

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.


Southwest Airlines Logo Southwest Airlines Opens Pilot Hiring Window for 2022 First Officer Positions

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.


PSA Airlines Logo PSA Airlines Is Now Offering Pilots Up to $187,500 in Bonuses and Guaranteed Flow to American

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.


Envoy Logo Envoy Is Introducing the Pilot Retention and Bonus Program for Pilots to Earn Up to $150,000 in Retention Compensation and Captain Bonuses

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.


Piedmont Airlines' Logo Piedmont Airlines Pilots Flowing to American Airlines Are Eligible for a $120,000 Bonus, With Cadets Eligible for an Additional $22,500 Bonus

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.


jetBlue Logo JetBlue Opens First Officer Pilot Hiring Window

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).


American Airlines Logo Envoy Air, Piedmont and PSA Are Offering a $15,000 Sign-On Bonus

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.


American Airlines Logo American Airlines Plans to Hire 350 Pilots by the End of 2021 and Over 1,000 Pilots in 2022

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.


Southwest Logo Southwest Airlines to Hire 120 Pilots for Classes Beginning in December of 2021

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.


Republic Logo Republic Airways Increases New Hire First Officer Bonus to $17,000

July 2021 - Republic has increased its new hire First Officer bonus to a industry leading $17,000.


United Logo United Airlines Expects To Hire 10,000 More Pilots By 2030

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.


Delta Logo Delta to Hire More Than 1,000 Pilots as It Plots Recovery

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.


American Airlines Logo American Air Scraps 950 July Flights with Staff Stretched

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.


Delta Logo Delta Air Lines Will Begin Hiring 150 Pilots per Month

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

Allegiant Logo Allegiant Hiring 184 Pilots in the Coming Months

May 2021 - Allegiant is hiring and plans to increase pilot workforce by 19% this summer.


Endeavor Air Logo Endeavor Air Hiring Pilots and Offering $10,000 Training Completion Bonus

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.


Horizon Air Logo Horizon Air Now Hiring and Offering $11,000 in Tuition Reimbursement

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

Delta Air Lines Logo Delta Air Lines Resumes Pilot Hiring in 2021

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.


American Airlines Logo American to Hire 300 Pilots by the End of 2021

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.


Envoy Logo Envoy Air Now Hiring First Officers

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.


Republic Airways Logo Republic Airways Now Hiring First Officers

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!


CommuteAir Logo CommuteAir Hiring ATP Graduates. No HR Interview Required Under New Partnership.

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.


SkyWest Airlines Logo SkyWest Airlines Now Hiring First Officers

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.


United Airlines Logo United Airlines® Hiring Hundreds of Pilots and Interviewing for Aviate

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.


PSA Airlines Logo PSA Airlines Hiring 30 Pilots Bi-Weekly

March 2021 - PSA is officially hiring! Planning classes of 30 new hires bi-weekly, starting in April.


Air Wisconsin Logo Air Wisconsin Opens First Officer Applications Window

March 2021 - Air Wisconsin has updated their “open positions” to include First Officers.


Endeavor Air Logo Endeavor Air Hiring 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.

Source: pilotcareers-endeavorair

Frontier Logo Frontier Airlines to Hire 100 Pilots This Year

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.


GoJet Logo GoJet Airlines Opens First Officer Pilot Hiring

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!


CommuteAir Logo CommuteAir Visiting ATP Training Centers

March 28, 2021 - CommuteAir visiting ATP training centers the week of March 28.

Source: Airline Location Visits

United Logo United Interviewing Eligible Aviate Applicants

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.


Spirit Airlines Logo Spirit Airlines to Hire 400 Pilots

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.


Horizon Air Logo Horizon Air Opening First Officer Applications

February 26, 2021 - Come fly with us: Our First Officer application window opens March 1 to March 7.


Delta Logo Delta To Reactivate All Pilots By October

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.”


Atlas, FedEx and UPS Hired a Combined 91 Pilots in January of 2021

January 2021 - FedEx hired 36 pilots in January. Atlas Air hired 32 pilots in January. UPS hired 23 pilots in January.


FedEx Logo FedEx Is Projected to Hire 560 New Pilots in 2021

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.


UPS Logo UPS Is Expected to Hire 227 Pilots in 2021

January 2021 - UPS reports they expect to hire 227 pilots in 2021.


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FedEx to No Longer Require Pilots To Have a 4-Year Degree To Apply, and Hire 70 Pilots per Month

May 31, 2022 - FedEx to no longer require pilots to have a 4-year degree to apply, and hire 70 pilots per month for the "foreseeable future".


Sun Country and Avelo Airlines Dramatically Increase First Year Pay Amid Pilot Shortage

January 20, 2022 - Pilots at four U.S. airlines are now seeing significantly larger paychecks as the industry faces a pilot shortage. Avelo Airlines on Thursday announced a significant raise for its pilots, becoming the fourth U.S. carrier in just two months to take action in an effort to attract more pilots… The move comes two weeks after Avelo announced it had raised $42 million in a Series B funding round. The airline plans to hire 120 pilots in 2022… Avelo’s announcement follows moves by fellow ULCC startup Breeze Airways, as well as Minnesota-based Sun Country and United Express carrier GoJet, which have all announced pilot pay increases since the beginning of December.


United Parks 100 Regional Jets Due to a Pilot Shortage

December 16, 2021 - Major US airline executives faced questioning from the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on Wednesday. One of the topics that came up were recent cuts to some regional routes, including some market exits. Several others offered their input. However, it was United’s CEO, Scott Kirby, who had the most to say. According to his testimony, nearly 100 regional aircraft are parked at United due to the ongoing pilot shortage.


Cirium: 2022 Air Passenger Capacity to Reach 2015 Levels

December 8, 2021 - Global airline passenger capacity in 2022 will grow 47 percent year over year, reaching 2015 levels, according to projections in global aviation analytics firm Cirium's latest Airline Insights Review, released Wednesday. Capacity in 2021 as measured in available seat kilometers is expected to return to 2006 levels, 30 percent down from 2019 levels."


United and American CEOs say they face a regional airline pilot crunch.

November 18, 2021 - United and American CEOs say the "pilot shortage is now real", as the majors lost enough pilots in 2020 to "empty four regional airlines."


Major airlines expected to hire record number of pilots in 2022

November 8, 2021 - Major airlines are expected to hire more than 9,000 in 2022 according to

Source: Fox Business

American Airlines Logo 7,200 of American Airlines’ 15,000 pilots are set to turn 65 over the next decade.

April 8, 2021 - Before the Covid pandemic hit, airlines were preparing for a wave of pilot retirements, which are federally mandated when pilots reach age 65. At American Airlines, for example, more than 7,200 of the airline’s more than 15,000 pilots are set to turn 65 over the next decade.


Aviation Industry to Face Post-Pandemic Pilot Shortage

March 22, 2021 - CNBC’s Jon Fortt discusses the potential for a post-pandemic pilot shortage with Geoff Murray, partner at Oliver Wyman and former commercial airline pilot.


In North America, a Shortage of 12,000 Commercial Pilots Is Expected by 2023

March 2, 2021 - In North America, a shortage of 12,000 commercial pilots is expected by 2023, driven by mandatory and COVID-related retirements. A supply shortage might also mean higher pilot salaries.


United Logo United Said It Would Buy 25 New 737 Max Jets

March 1, 2021 - United said it would buy 25 new 737 MAX jets and moved up the delivery of 40 of the previously-ordered planes to 2022. The fleet additions, which also include another 24 MAX aircraft for 2023, will enable the carrier to manage the surge in travel demand it expects to see over the next two years.


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