New Bonus and Retention Program Puts Trans States Airlines Pilots Among the Highest Paid in the Regional Airline Industry

Program includes $30,000 in bonuses for new hire First Officers


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A new signing and retention bonus program has made Trans States Airlines pilots among the highest paid in the regional airline industry.  In addition to having a competitive hourly pay scale ($36.35 per flight hour), new hire First Officers are now eligible for a $30,000 signing and retention bonus, to be paid in three increments over two years of service.

Under an agreement brokered by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), Trans States First Officers already on property will receive $10,000 in retention bonuses, and another $10,000 in bonuses if the company reaches pilot hiring targets.  Current Captains will also receive a retention bonus, as well as an additional bonus if hiring targets are met.

Salary and bonuses alone for a first year, First Officer should reach at least $55,000.  Total pay, per diem and all benefits can now reach $75,000 for a first year, First Officer, and $82,000 a year for a first year Captain.

“The objective of this program is twofold—to offer a competitive compensation package that will attract top aviation talent to our airline, while also taking care of the pilots already flying for us,” explains Trans States Airlines Chief Operating Officer Fred Oxley.  “With year one total compensation packages for First Officers and Captains topping $75,000 and $82,000 respectively, we believe this program does just that.”

“We think this new bonus and retention program is a good start in recognizing the professionalism and dedication of Trans States pilots,” said Capt. Neil Butler, chairman of the Trans States arm of ALPA, “and we look forward to continuing to work with management to improve the overall compensation package of pay, benefits and work rules that lead the industry and attract new pilots.”

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SOURCEAero Crew News, February 2017
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When Trans States Airlines began as Resort Air in 1982, it operated just a handful of Metro II aircraft and carried just under 7,000 passengers during its first year of operation—tourists, primarily, between its headquarters in St. Louis and a popular lake two hours south of the city (hence the call sign "Waterski," which Trans States still uses to this day).  However, things have changed a great deal since 1982.  Since that time, Resort Air has evolved from a small boutique carrier into Trans States Airlines, a carrier that served nearly 3 million passengers in 2015.  The Metro IIs have been replaced by an all-jet fleet of Embraer 145s, and Trans States now flies on behalf of United Airlines (as United Express) and American Airlines (as American Eagle), providing service to over 70 cities in North America with approximately 237 daily flights.  At Trans States, our mission is simple:  To remain flexible and responsive to the needs and challenges of our major partners and the aviation industry , while striving to do our best for our customers.  We are committed to providing safe, reliable and on-time air transportation and to delivering the highest standards in professionalism and customer service.  We’d love the opportunity to demonstrate this commitment to you in person.  Our over 900 employees look forward to welcoming you onboard! 


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