Aviator Bulletins, October 2015


united-airlinesUnited Continental Holdings, Inc. recently welcomed Oscar Munoz as president and chief executive officer. Munoz will also continue to serve on United’s board of directors. The board appointed Henry L. Meyer III, United’s lead independent director, to serve as non-executive chairman of the board of directors.

Munoz brings to this role deep and broad experience in the transportation industry and large consumer brands including AT&T, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola Enterprises. He most recently served as president and chief operating officer of CSX Corporation.

Prior to joining United Airlines, Munoz served as president and chief operating officer of CSX Corporation, a premier transportation company. Munoz also served as a director at CSX. During Munoz’s tenure, CSX transformed itself into an industry leader in customer focus, reliability and financial performance. CSX was named one of Institutional Investor’s Most Honored Companies for a decade of excellent financial performance, including increasing its operating income by nearly 600%. Prior to joining CSX, Munoz served in various senior financial and strategic capacities at some of the world’s most recognized consumer brands, including AT&T, Coca-Cola Enterprises and PepsiCo.

He has served on the board of directors for United Continental Holdings, Inc. since 2010 and served on the board of directors of Continental Airlines, Inc. since 2004. Munoz is active in several industry coalitions and philanthropic and educational organizations including the University of North Florida’s board of trustees and the PAFA advisory board of Vanderbilt University.

Munoz graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and he received a master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University. Munoz has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine.


ExpressJet is excited to announce a partnership with JetBlue Airways through the JetBlue University Gateway and Advanced Gateway programs to offer qualified students and current pilots a clear pathway from ExpressJet to a career at JetBlue. The program compliments our already strong hiring relationship with JetBlue, which hires the most ExpressJet pilots behind United and Delta, and offers members the benefit of a guaranteed interview at JetBlue earlier than pilots who apply through traditional routes. The rigorous requirements, regular performance reviews and leadership experience required of Gateway members, and the culture, training and safety environment at ExpressJet ensures candidates will be successful as JetBlue pilots. To learn more, visit futurebluepilots.com.


Piedmont Airlines will take delivery of its first Embraer 145 regional jet on October 5. Piedmont recently announced that it will fly the E145 out of PHL starting in February 2016, and will open both a Dash-8 and E145 crew base in PHL starting in January.

Piedmont will fly a minimum of 20 regional jets for parent company American Airlines, while continuing to operate a fleet of 37 de Havilland DHC-8 turboprops. The fleet expansion marks the first aircraft change for Piedmont since the arrival of the Dash-8 in 1985.

To accommodate the growth of the airline, Piedmont is aggressively hiring first officers, A&P mechanics, avionics technicians and a QC supervisor. New first officers can expect to upgrade in approximately 18 months and will enjoy the benefits of low cost health insurance, travel on American Airlines, and a direct career path to American Airlines. Details at piedmont-airlines.com.


Current Part 121 Pilot Abbreviated Interview Process

Envoy offers current Part 121 pilots a streamlined process to begin their career with Envoy. We employ a simplified and abbreviated application which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.  Recruitment conducts a Human Resources interview administered by a Pilot Recruiter – no technical interview or simulator evaluations are necessary.  After a successful HR interview, the applicant will be given a Pre-Offer of employment and paperwork to complete.  The background check process will be completed as soon as possible following the completion and submission of necessary paperwork.  A class date will be offered following successful completion of the background check process, a Captain’s Review Board, and a DoT drug screening.  The abbreviated application and HR interview may be completed during our airport hiring events or at Envoy Headquarters in Irving, TX (transportation and lodging provided).

Additionally, all pilot applicants are now provided hotel accommodations while in Irving, TX for their interview with Envoy.


SkyWest Airlines to Fly an Additional 18 E175 Aircraft for United

SkyWest Airlines has secured an agreement to operate an additional 18 Embraer E175 dual-class regional jet aircraft for United Airlines. The cabin will be a dual-class configuration of 76 seats and will be equipped with Wi-Fi. Under the agreement, it is anticipated that delivery of the aircraft will begin in late 2016, with all 18 aircraft being delivered by mid-2017.


PSA is hiring 1000 pilots over the next 2 years and has the fastest upgrade time in the industry!  PSA has a fleet of 87 aircraft that will grow to 150 by the end of 2017!

Recently, PSA Airlines and the Airline Pilot’s Association reached a tentative agreement that if ratified, would convert the SSP to a true flow and incrementally double the number of PSA pilots that flow to American Airlines.  PSA also recently announced a new crew base at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport opening January, 2016.


The Trans States Airlines pilot group has passed a Tentative Agreement on a three-year contract extension, just three weeks after the contract’s first amendable date.  Most notably, the agreement raises first year pay to $35.81 per flight hour, the highest first year pay in the regional airline industry.  The new contract also includes a pay increase for pilots who are part of Trans States’ Captain Qualified First Officer (CQFO) Program.  This program gives pilots who meet Captain requirements the opportunity to fly as a Captain or a First Officer, depending on the airline’s scheduling needs.  CQFOs now earn $49.33 per flight hour when flying as a First Officer and $62.84 per flight hour when flying as a Captain.

The new contract, which went into effect on October 1, also provides improvements in healthcare, sick leave and the company’s 401(k) contributions, as well as a cost-of-living increase of 1.5% for existing pilots and an increase in the per diem rate.  To learn more about joining the Trans States team, please visit www.transstates.net/careers.


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