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American Airlines launches pilot training and recruiting program at its regional carriers

Envoy Air gives a tour of its new Embraer 175 plane at DFW Airport on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.
Envoy Air gives a tour of its new Embraer 175 plane at DFW Airport on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Star-Telegram

American Airlines is making it easier for student pilots to get hired at its regional carriers.

The Fort Worth-based company announced a new pilot training and recruiting program at its wholly-owned regional subsidiaries, Envoy Air, Piedmont Airlines and PSA Airlines. The program offers tuition reimbursement, mentorships and certification training.

Envoy Air, which is based in Irving, said the new program will put student pilots on a career path to work at Envoy and then eventually at American Airlines’ mainline operations.

“The Envoy Cadet Program allows us to ease the financial burden faced by aspiring pilots wanting to pursue this career, while simultaneously giving Envoy access to some of the nation’s top aviation talent,” said Envoy vice president of flight operations Ric Wilson. “We expect the enhancements in the Cadet program to attract even more pilots to join our team.”

The program includes up to $16,000 in tuition reimbursement and will place cadets in the government-required Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program course for free. After they complete the training program, they will be placed in a first officer new hire class at the regional carrier.

American has partnered with more than 40 universities and flight schools with this new program. Envoy is currently hiring 30 new pilots per month.

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