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 futurebluepilots.com. To learn more about the JetBlue Advanced Gateway for current ExpressJet pilots, visit xjt.com > Flight Operations > JetBlue Gateway.