United Airlines Launches U.S. Military Pilot
United Airlines has launched a military pilot
program designed to give full-time, active-duty U.S. military
pilots access to conditional job offers as a First Officer with
Under the terms of the new program, successful
candidates must first take part in an interview and then complete
all required flight training and certification prior to joining
An important element of United's program is that
candidates don't need to hold an Airline Transport Pilot
Certificate (ATP) at the time of application. Instead, they can
obtain their ATP before joining United – providing flexibility for
service members, including starting at United when the time is
right for them and their families.
"At United we are committed to investing in
individuals who have served and are serving our country – whose
military skills and background are invaluable to our airline,"
said Scott Kirby, United CEO. "Launching this program is a
win-win: our airline gets direct access to some of the best, most
talented aviators in the world, and military pilots – and their
families – get the time they need to plan their civilian career
while still serving."
Interested active-duty military pilots can learn
more about the United Military Pilot Program and apply for the
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Current or former military pilots who already meet
United's mainline hiring requirements and are less than six months
from availability, or already available, or are flying in the
reserve component can now apply as a First Officer.
Currently, United has over 16,000 pilots,
including over 3,000 who have served or currently serve in the
United States Armed Forces. United employs nearly 7,700 military
veterans and 1,500 actively serving personnel across various
departments and functions, including many serving in leadership
and executive positions.
"As a former military pilot, I know firsthand how
challenging it can be to transition to a civilian commercial
pilot, but through this new program we're providing the necessary
tools, resources, and support system to ensure a direct path to
the United flight deck," said United Captain Michael Bonner,
Managing Director of Aviate and Pilot Strategy and a former U.S.
Air Force and Navy pilot. "Whether you are an active-duty pilot or
approaching retirement, I encourage you to join the largest
widebody fleet in the U.S."
On top of the United Military Pilot Program, there
are other paths available to becoming a pilot at United depending on
First Officer Hiring: This path is for experienced
pilots who meet mainline hiring requirements, who are ready to fly
for United now and do not need an alternate path or program.
United Aviate Program: United's pilot career
development program designed for pilots with their Private Pilot
Certificate (PPL) who are either learning to fly or are building
experience with an Aviate-participating university, flight school,
Part 135 operator or United Express carrier.
United Aviate Academy: United's wholly-owned
flight school in Goodyear, Arizona for aspiring aviators who want
to learn to fly with little to no flight experience – with the
goal of at least half of the students being women or people of
Last December, United ordered 100 Boeing 787 Dreamliners with options to purchase 100 more. Combined with
already other aircraft orders, the airline expects to take delivery of
about 700 new aircraft by 2032.
the last 24 months, United has hired over 4,000 new pilots and
expects to hire over 10,000 pilots this decade.
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