Forecasting continued growth and mass retirements over the next decade, United Airlines is proactively starting its recruiting effort for new pilots.
On Thursday, United launched Aviate, new pilot recruitment website.
Essentially, United is partnering with select aviation universities or training centers (like Lufthansa Aviation Training in Arizona) to offer a fast-track to becoming a United pilot. The program, which also partners with United Express partners like Air Wisconsin, ExpressJet, Mesa Airlines, and CommutAir, promises a job after 2,000 hours over 24 months at a regional airline.
Bryan Quigley, United’s Chief Pilot and Senior Vice President of Flight Operations, said:
With nearly half of our 12,500 pilots retiring in the next decade, combined with a period of strong growth at our airline, United is uniquely positioned to offer pilots the opportunity to get where they want to go in their careers faster than ever. With the most comprehensive global route network in the industry, and the most widebodies of any North American airline, United offers unparalleled opportunity for an exceptional and exciting career as we begin to welcome hundreds of new pilots every year.
I Want To Be A Pilot!
Sometime I’ll write the story about my Air Force flight training and how my career could have taken a very different path as an Air Force pilot and later commercial pilot. I would have loved the stability and fun of being a pilot and still would…though not as a primary position.
I do think the solution for me is pilot training via private civil aviation…I doubt airlines are looking for pilots to take one trip per month and I’m not about to give up this blog and my other ventures.
But it’s truly a great time to be an aspiring pilot, not just for United, but for airlines across the USA (hint: Delta pays more) and around the world.
If my son Augustine was a bit older, I might very well encourage him to take this path. If you’re in the market for not just a job, but a career, it remains a great time to be a pilot.
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