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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 YTD

Alaska Airlines
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14

34

16

22

12

0

0

0

98

Allegiant Air
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0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

American Airlines
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81

50

68

78

101

47

56

79

560

Atlas Air
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53

37

59

33

35

31

23

14

285

Delta Air Lines
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116

94

95

97

97

33

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

206

Southwest Airlines
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84

84

77

78

67

29

78

54

551

Spirit Airlines
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58

56

54

50

50

8

7

40

323

United Airlines
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38

41

30

0

0

91

36

75

311

UPS Airlines
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39

21

23

19

20

12

16

21

171

TOTALS 541 471 470 445 446 306 278 349 3306


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


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Alaska Airlines

Application window (Job ID: 32744 (old was 31414)) open until 09/24. Note that there are several first officer job postings but each one contains the following statement: "Position may be based in ANC/SEA/PDX/LAX/SFO." The Job ID is the same for each one so it doesn't matter which one you apply to. Hired 0 in August and 98 year-to-date.

Notes from Alaska Airlines' Pilot Hiring for the application:
1. Before applying, they recommend that you clear your browsing history including your temporary internet files and disable pop-up blockers.
2. Gather your paperwork, including your work history, resume etc. - before you apply to the position.
3. If you would like to include a cover letter, add it as your first page to your resume. Your resume is part of your application and unique to each position you apply to.
4. Once in the application, be sure to use the links provided to return to the previous page if needed. The back button is not compatible with the system.

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47

Allegiant Air

No hiring through August 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 79 in August and 560 year-to-date.

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Atlas Air

14 hired in August and 285 year-to-date.

Atlas will be sending pilot recruiters to FAPA's Pilot Job Fair in ANC on 09/22.

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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Delta Air Lines

Hired 0 in July and August, 532 year-to-date.

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FedEx

Hired 48 pilots in August and 269 year-to-date.

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34

JetBlue

Application window was open (Job ID #: 35050). Hired 18 pilots in August and 206 year-to-date. Classes for selected pilots should be approximately 2 months after the interview.

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Southwest Airlines

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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Spirit Airlines

Hired 40 pilots in August and 323 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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United Airlines

Hired 75 pilots in August and 311 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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UPS Airlines

Hired 21 pilots in August and 171 year-to-date. UPS sent pilot recruiters to FAPA's Pilot Job Fair in LAS on May 2. 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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