Delta First Officer Justin Place shares how his experience as a pilot at ExpressJet prepared him for his dream career at Delta Air Lines.
As they say, “hindsight is 20/20,” and I am in a unique position to be able to look back and reflect on the decisions I’ve made to get to this point in my career. Joining ExpressJet (then Atlantic Southeast Airlines) in 2007 was one of the best decisions I’ve made thus far. The eight years I spent there were a significant part of a solid foundation for a long career in aviation, and the perfect segue to my career goal of working for Delta Air Lines.
ExpressJet undoubtedly gives you the tools required to be successful no matter what your career aspirations are. ExpressJet’s training department is by far one of the best kept secrets of our industry. From day one, I was impressed by the quality of instruction and the professionals providing the training. They are not there to simply meet the FAA minimum requirements but to prepare you to operate proficiently in technically advanced aircraft flying in the unique demands of both modern domestic and varying international airspace systems. They’re able to do so because of the vast wealth of knowledge and experience gained over years of flying at ExpressJet themselves. If you need additional proof, look no further than their recent certification as the first part 121 passenger-carrying airline to offer the ATP CTP course for new-hires.
However, our industry today is much more than getting from point A to point B, and ExpressJet goes well beyond simply training you on the technical skills of flying an airplane. They also focus on how to provide some of the best customer service possible, and that starts with hiring great people. By far the best part of working for ExpressJet Airlines is the people you work beside. The aviation industry is a small, close-knit group, and it’s great to see a friendly face no matter what airport you are walking through. The life-long relationships built at ExpressJet will continue to reward you in the future, both personally and professionally, as they have done so for me.
The next step in my career with Delta Air Lines is flying their Boeing 757/ 767 aircraft out of New York City, both domestically and internationally. I look forward to the new challenges as they present themselves, but I do so knowing I’m well prepared by the experiences and skills learned at ExpressJet Airlines.
Thanks for the memories,
Delta First Officer Justin Place