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Major Airline Pilot Hiring 2018 by MonthReturn to Hiring History

The industry projection for total hiring at the below airlines in 2018 is 5,332. At the request of the airlines FAPA will not be releasing all individual airline projections.

Airline Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct YTD

Alaska Airlines
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14

34

16

22

12

0

0

0

12

12

122

Allegiant Air
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0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

American Airlines
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81

50

68

78

101

47

56

79

39

138

737

Atlas Air
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53

37

59

33

35

31

23

14

0

0

285

Delta Air Lines
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116

94

95

97

97

33

0

0

0

0

532

FedEx
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20

20

20

37

37

39

48

48

?

?

269

JetBlue
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38

34

28

31

27

16

14

18

16

14

236

Southwest Airlines
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84

84

77

78

67

29

78

54

52

78

681

Spirit Airlines
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58

56

54

50

50

8

7

40

40

26

389

United Airlines
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38

41

30

0

0

91

36

75

67

66

444

UPS Airlines
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39

21

23

19

20

12

16

21

21

10

202

TOTALS 541 471 470 445 446 306 278 349 247 344 3897


          Figures in future months represent anticipated class sizes. Carriers that have not published a complete monthly breakdown may have a YTD total.


Notes:

3

Alaska Airlines

Application window (Job ID: 32744 (old was 31414)) was open until 09/24. Hired 12 in October and 122 year-to-date.

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47

Allegiant Air

No hiring through October of this year. To apply, click on Quick Link and choose Flight Ops under Category. First Officer will display as one of the options.

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357

American Airlines

Hired 138 in October and 737 year-to-date.

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22

Atlas Air

Last class was 14 hired in August. Zero hired in September or October. 285 hired year-to-date. Atlas plans on hiring into both the 747 and 767 in 2018. Total number of new hires 390 to be hired in 2018. Hired a total of 339 in 2017.
1,500 total time if a graduate of a 141, 142, or a U.S. Military training program and holds a SIC/PIC type rating in a turbojet aircraft (or 2000 hours of total time and 500 hours turbine time).

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7

Delta Air Lines

Zero classes July-October, 532 hired year-to-date.

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9

FedEx

Hired 48 pilots in August and 269 through August. Standby for additional hiring updates.

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34

JetBlue

Application window is open (Job ID #: 35551). Hired 14 pilots in October and 236 year-to-date. Classes for selected pilots should be approximately 2 months after the interview.

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11

Southwest Airlines

78 hired in October and 681 year-to-date. Application at southwest.com/careers was open 08/20 through 08/31 (requisition #2018-24651). Anyone interested in being considered for an interview will be required to apply to the open job posting AND update their profile at SWA.Pilotcredentials.com.
Applicants must submit an application and review their PilotCredentials profile. Review the "Pilot Questionnaire" on PilotCredentials, questions have recently changed. Hired 54 pilots in August and 551 year-to-date.

SWA has provided further clarification on higher education requirements:
Q: Do I need a 4-year university degree to apply?
A: Currently, a Bachelor's degree is a preferred qualification. If you state on your application that you have any degree (Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's), the highest level of education completed will be verified by Southwest in order for your application to be further considered. The degree must have been awarded after completing required coursework recognized as standard within the education community. If the degree is not verified, it could disqualify you from consideration.

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43

Spirit Airlines

Hired 26 pilots in October and 389 year-to-date. Pilots gained a new collective bargaining on February 28, 2018, with seventy percent of the pilots who voted (98%) approving it. According to ALPA, the agreement provides "significant pay raises, job security provisions, and improvements in retirement and insurance benefits." The new first-year First Officer pay rate is $55.95 per hour (annual compensation is $48,340 based on the proposed 72-hour monthly guarantee).

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12

United Airlines

Hired 66 pilots in October and 444 year-to-date. Almost 400 pilots will retire in 2018. In 2018, 35 percent of United's new hires will be from Career Path Programs, compared to 30 percent in 2017.

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13

UPS Airlines

Hired 10 pilots in October and 202 year-to-date. Additional 14 747-8 and 4 767 aircraft ordered, announced on 02/01/2018. This is in addition to the 14 747-8 order announced in 2016. All aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2022.

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Claudette Carroll joined the FAPA.aero team in March 2010 as Director of Pilot Career Services. After twenty years of service at American Eagle, Claudette retired and moved on to utilize her vast experience in pilot selection and recruitment. As Senior Pilot Recruiter at American Eagle, she was responsible for coordinating the hiring process, interviewing pilots and representing the Human Resource department at the Pilot Review Board. She was instrumental in facilitating the hiring of over 5,000 pilots during her tenure there.

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