The pilot shortage that the airlines are struggling with has been the subject of many studies and has prompted many calls for action to fix the problem before it throttles the airline industry. The subject that is also increasingly talked about these days is the opportunity the shortage is creating for thousands of people to start careers flying for the airlines in the US and across the globe. Continue reading
New signing and retention bonuses will make Trans States Airlines and GoJet Airlines pilots among the highest paid in the regional airline industry. Both airlines are subsidiaries of Trans States Holdings along with Compass Airlines. Continue reading
The shrinking supply of airline pilots has been ravaging the regional airlines for the last few years and as predicted it is now affecting the major and even the legacy airlines. Recent articles in major publications are calling attention to the worsening situation and the opportunities for flying careers with the airlines that it creates at the same time. Continue reading
We have written many times on PilotJobs.com about the acute shortage of qualified pilots to fly for the airlines. Although the news hasn’t spread quite as far, there is also a shortage of other specialists required to run an airline safely. Airline professionals such as Certified Aircraft Dispatchers, mechanics and technicians are also in short supply, and they are very important parts of any airline’s team. Continue reading
Mesa Airlines is scheduled to fly a new Embraer E175 and a new CRJ900 aircraft to Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport for an open house at ATP’s Flight Training Center. The Open House and fly-in will take place on May 21 from 10:00am to 2:00pm and a big turnout is expected to tour ATP’s flight training facilities as well as Mesa’s new aircraft.
Beginning in 2015, pilots who are hired to fly with Endeavor Air will earn up to $30,000 in pilot retention payments, adding to the compensation package in place for Endeavor pilots. Under the new program, an Endeavor pilot could earn $43K in their first year flying for the airline.
ATP’s regional partner SkyWest Inc., the owner of SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines, has confirmed its order for seven current generation Embraer E-175s, valued at $301 million, which it will fly on behalf of Alaska Airlines.
PSA Airlines has sent their top recruiter, Vice President Randy Fusi, along with American Airlines Director of Mainline/Regional Recruiting Bob Skinner to visit our Flight Training Centers in Jacksonville (FL), Dallas and Phoenix this week. They will be speaking to our pilots about the seventy-seven CRJ900s and CRJ700s that they have been awarded, and are trying to recruit ATP’s top pilots. Vice President Randy Fusi told me as late as today that they are coming prepared to interview and make job offers on the spot at all three events.
I recently surveyed our Regional Airline partners about how long it is taking new First Officers to upgrade to Captains at their airline. Across the spectrum of regional airlines the same can be said, upgrade times are coming down. What this means is that the discussion about entry level pay in the regional airlines becomes pointless when you can expect to make Captain, along with the 50% increase in pay, in your second year of flying with your new airline.