Visitors traveled near and far to attend our Houston and Atlanta Open Houses this fall where they got to experience first-hand what it takes to be the world’s most respected regional airline. Nearly 400 future aviators attended the events.

Attendees got a behind-the-scenes look at the daily functions of ExpressJet’s flight operations, maintenance and Operation Support Center (OSC), and were given full access to recruiters, EPIC Ambassadors and some of ExpressJet’s chief pilots. Middle Georgia State University was also on site in Atlanta to speak with potential students about their aviation program.

A highlight shared amongst many of the visitors was their experience in the flight simulator. Attendees were able to pilot a takeoff and landing in the same equipment used by our pilots in training. The full-motion simulators mimick flight controls and movement in a CRJ200, CRJ700/900 and an ERJ145.

If you didn’t make it out this time, keep an eye out for future Open Houses in Atlanta and Houston – you won’t want to miss it!














ExpressJet team members have been jetsetting around the country this fall, but we’re not vacationing. We’re visiting aviation students on their campuses and giving them a chance to check out our CRJ200 and ERJ145 aircraft first-hand.

“Gone are the days of reaching students by phone or email. Visiting students at their school, in the classroom, lets us engage and inspire the future generation of aviators,” said Darrin Greubel, general manager of Flight Operations at ExpressJet. “We want students to know it is never too soon to begin investing in your career, and to remind them what they’re working toward.”

Since August, pilots, mechanics, dispatchers and flight attendants have traveled the country on collegiate plane tours to 12 Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) partner universities. The plane tours are a reflection of ExpressJet’s ever-present core focus of educating, engaging and empowering future aviators across the country.

“At ExpressJet, we are bridging the gap between the regional airline community and the university campuses through AP3,” said Darrin. “We take pride in educating and mentoring the future generation of aviators and helping them grow in their careers, from the beginning.”

Through AP3, ExpressJet has established relationships with and attracted talent from some of the most prominent aviation institutions in the country. So far this year, we’ve taken a jet to 12 univerisities that are part of AP3. We hope to visit our other partner schools in 2016.

  • Auburn University
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) – Daytona
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Indiana State University
  • Lewis University
  • Liberty University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Purdue University
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • University of North Dakota
  • Western Michigan University

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When you’re ready to start your career in aviation, you’ll likely consider base locations, pay and aircraft type to help you choose an airline. You might not be thinking about health benefits, work rules or long-term stability of the company, but we encourage you to consider your future when making this important decision.

“We are committed to making smart business decisions because our hard-working team members deserve a bright, stable future,” said Brad Sheehan, senior vice president – Operations at ExpressJet.  “Our team members on the front line have made us successful, and my job is to make sure that success is noticed, built upon and rewarded.”

ExpressJet is a top-performing airline backed by a strong parent company, SkyWest, Inc. We offer industry-leading work rules for our pilots, a great company culture and peace of mind knowing we’re here for the long term. We invest in our people by offering the quality of life they deserve and making business decisions that support our stability. Whether you’re planning to move up to the majors or make ExpressJet a long-term career, we provide a solid foundation for your future.

At a time in our industry where uncertainty and a constantly changing environment are challenges for all regional airlines, ExpressJet is making smart business decisions to ensure success in the present and in our future. We’ve extended contracts on aircraft, added new work rules that improve our already great quality of life, and built a solid infrastructure that will allow us to grow when the right opportunities arise.

We’ve been through tough times, learned from the challenges we faced and have come out stronger. ExpressJet is building a stable future for our current and future aviation professionals, and we hope you’ll join us.


In September, ExpressJet expanded our University Gateway partnership with JetBlue Airways to include new paths from ExpressJet to JetBlue, and an Advanced Gateway for current ExpressJet pilots. Since then, we’ve been traveling to partner schools with JetBlue and Cape Air representatives to talk to students about the program and hold interviews for interested applicants.


“ExpressJet, JetBlue and Cape Air are all dedicated to hiring highly qualified pilots who share our cultural values,” said Courtney Dennis, manager of Pilot Hiring and Recruitment – ExpressJet Airlines. “This new partnership further solidifies ExpressJet as the best regional airline for collegiate aviators to begin their careers.”

The partnership expands on ExpressJet’s earlier agreement with JetBlue to create three distinct pathways from an Aviation Accreditation Board International (“AABI”) partner school to ExpressJet to JetBlue:

ExpressJet to JetBlue: Graduate AABI partner school and serve as a flight instructor for one year to meet Airline Transport Pilot (“ATP”)/Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (“R-ATP”) minimums >> Serve as a first officer at ExpressJet for at least 3,000 hours and 36 months for at least 4,000 hours total flight time >> Interview and begin training at JetBlue

ExpressJet to Cape Air to JetBlue: Graduate AABI partner school and serve as a flight instructor for one year to meet ATP/R-ATP minimums >> Serve as a first officer at ExpressJet for at least 1,800 hours and 24 months >> Serve as a captain at Cape Air for at least 1,000 hours and 12 months for at least 3,800 hours total flight time >> Interview and begin training at JetBlue

Cape Air to ExpressJet to JetBlue: Graduate AABI partner school and serve as a flight instructor for one year >> Serve as a captain at Cape Air for at least 1,000 hours and 18 months >> Serve as a first officer at ExpressJet for at least 1,800 hours and 18 months for at least 3,800 hours total flight time >> Interview and begin training at JetBlue

In addition, this new partnership will offer current ExpressJet pilots who meet all program requirements an additional option for career advancement.

“JetBlue chose ExpressJet because of our pilots’ professionalism and passion for flying,” said Brad Sheehan, senior vice president – Operations. “We’re a good cultural fit, and our pilots have a history of success with JetBlue. The new Gateway programs complement our already strong hiring relationship with JetBlue.”

Pilots in the Gateway program must meet a defined set of criteria, including regular performance reviews, and successfully complete new hire interviews at each airline in the path they choose. In addition, for the University Gateway Program, pilots must attend Auburn University, Bridgewater State University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona and Prescott campuses), Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Jacksonville University or the University of North Dakota. For the Advanced Gateway, pilots who graduated with an accredited major and flight training from any AABI school are eligible.

To learn more about the JetBlue University Gateway Program, visit To learn more about the JetBlue Advanced Gateway for current ExpressJet pilots, visit > Flight Operations > JetBlue Gateway.

Bill Schumacher and Lily

Not only does Bill Schumacher guarantee the safety and comfort of his two-legged passengers as a flight attendant, but he also ensures the well-being of his furry four-legged companions as well.

Serving as a flight attendant for ExpressJet Airlines means your life can be spontaneous, but Bill Schumacher amplified the spontaneity level when he decided to become an ambassador for Cairn Rescue USA (CRUSA). CRUSA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to shelter, foster and find permanent homes for the Cairn Terrier dog breed. As a volunteer ambassador, Bill is responsible for transporting and accompanying Cairn Terriers as they meet their new owners.

“The decision to do this work was easy,” said Bill. “After meeting a friend’s Cairn Terrier, I instantly fell in love with the breed. They’re feisty, fun and absolutely faithful to their owners. Stubborn, too!”

While volunteering for CRUSA, Bill decided to foster Rosie, a Cairn Terrier in Nashville who was living in a home with “one too many dogs.” Bill drove to Nashville from Atlanta to pick up Rosie which he would foster  until she found herself a new “forever” home. Rosie found a permanent home quickly…with Bill.

“I flunked the foster dad test in short order, and had to have her for my very own,” he said.

He adopted Rosie in 2010. It’s been a total love affair ever since.

Caring for Rosie has given Bill hands-on experience working with this particular breed of dogs. The experience has served him greatly and since his own pet adoption, he has delivered over 30 Cairn Terriers through CRUSA to loving foster homes and forever homes all over the country for the last 5 years.

“It can be very stressful as it’s difficult transporting a dog using any transportation method,” Bill explained, “especially when the animal has to ‘do its business.’”

He continued, “The extra work and the challenges are worth it. Seeing the faces on our CRUSA foster parents and recipients of Cairns to permanent homes makes all the extra work and stress well worth the effort.”

CRUSA was only the beginning of Bill’s involvement with pet adoptions. He recently started his own non-profit organization called “PuppyLove.” Puppy Love’s mission is to network with others who would like to donate their time transporting dogs not only for Cairn Rescue USA, but also for other rescue groups in need of transports. PuppyLove will be the clearing house for the transport of small dogs from numerous rescue groups needing assistance, particularly in moving adopted dogs to their new loving homes.

If you’re interested in becoming involved with CRUSA or PuppyLove, please go to or send an email to for more information.

In the photos: Bill with some of the dogs he’s brought to new homes and families

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