The ongoing shortage of commercially rated pilots has created a lot of competition between the airlines to attract qualified recruits. Republic Airways has upped the ante recently and offered a five thousand dollar signing bonus paid to newly hired pilots. These new-hires will be spread out among Republic’s three airlines; Republic, Chautauqua and Shuttle America.
Republic announced earlier this year that they intend to hire 400 pilots in 2012, and that was before they accepted delivery of twenty-eight De Havilland Dash-8 Q400s from the soon to be defunct Colgan Airways. Republic Airways will be flying a total of 32 Q400s under the United Express banner after reaching an agreement with United which lasts 8 years.