JetBlue Gateway Program

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Fly Blue by flying with ExpressJet.

JetBlue Airways and ExpressJet Airlines have partnered to offer our pilots a dedicated avenue to a First Officer position at JetBlue through the University Gateway Program and Advanced Gateway Program.

JetBlue University Gateway

The JetBlue University Gateway designates a path from select universities, to gaining experience in the flight deck at ExpressJet Airlines (and/or Cape Air), then to a career with JetBlue.

JetBlue Advanced Gateway

The JetBlue Advanced Gateway provides ExpressJet pilots who are committed to joining JetBlue the opportunity to be considered at lower-than-competitive minimums. The Advanced Gateway is designated for pilots who did not attend the partner schools, and complements our already-strong hiring relationship with JetBlue.

FAQs

JetBlue University Gateway FAQs +

How does it work?+

The University Gateway is a robust program that starts when you’re a student at our partner universities, and tracks your progress, attitude and aptitude as you move to JetBlue:

  1. Attend a partner university in an eligible program, then apply as early as your sophomore year and be accepted into the University Gateway Program
  2. Complete an internship within the industry (JetBlue, ExpressJet or Cape Air encouraged)
  3. Graduate from your AABI-accredited aeronautical university & serve as a certified flight instructor (CFI) for at least one year
  4. Fly for ExpressJet and/or Cape Air for 2-3 years and 2,500+ hours of flight experience (see Pathway options below)
  5. Complete JetBlue’s First Officer interview

What are the Pathway options?+

Once you’ve graduated and earned your hours, there are three pathways to choose from. Here are the criteria that must be met for each option before interviewing at JetBlue:

ExpressJetServe as a first officer at ExpressJet for at least 3,000 hours and 36 months for at least 4,000 hours total flight time

ExpressJet to Cape AirServe 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

Cape Air to ExpressJetServe 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

Cape AirServe as a first offer and captain at Cape Air for at least 2,000 hours and 24 months for at least 3,000 total flight hours, plus a jet transition course

What schools participate?+

The current partner schools are 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. However, as the program grows we’ll be adding additional schools.

If I didn’t attend one of the partner schools, am I eligible?+

While the University Gateway is only open to partner schools, ExpressJet also offers the Advanced Gateway which is open to graduates of any AABI-accredited programs.

What are the eligibility requirements?+

Students at participating schools must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their major, serve as a CFI for at least one year, successfully complete 360 reviews throughout their time in the program (tracks progress, attitude and aptitude), complete an aviation internship and complete the JetBlue University Gateway application process.

How does this impact the United Career Pathway Program?+

While ExpressJet pilots will have to choose which program to pursue, the CPP is still available to all eligible team members.

Where can I learn more?+

You can learn more about the University Gateway at pilots.jetblue.com/university, or contact pilotrecruiting@expressjet.com.

JetBlue Advanced Gateway FAQs +

What is Advanced Gateway?+

The JetBlue Advanced Gateway provides ExpressJet pilots who are committed to joining JetBlue the opportunity to be considered at lower-than-competitive minimums.

This complements both the University Gateway by providing opportunity for pilots who did not attend the partner schools, and our already-strong hiring relationship with JetBlue.

Who is eligible for Advanced Gateway?+

ExpressJet pilots must meet these criteria to be eligible for the Advanced Gateway:

  • Completed an accredited aviation degree and flight training at any AABI-accredited school
  • Graduated with a 3.0 GPA in major
  • Served as a CFI, check airman, EPIC Ambassador or other leadership role for at least one year
  • Successfully complete 360 performance reviews
  • Served as a first officer at ExpressJet for at least 48 months continuous employment or 5,000 hours total flight time or meet the current JetBlue competitive minimum requirements at the time of application

Is this my only route to JetBlue?+

No. Pilots who wish to join JetBlue but do not meet the Advanced Gateway requirements or wish to apply to multiple mainline carriers will still have equal competitive footing through the regular application channels. Behind United and Delta, JetBlue hires more ExpressJet pilots than any other major airline.

What is the benefit of the Advanced Gateway?+

The Advanced Gateway gives pilots committed to JetBlue who meet JetBlue’s requirements a guaranteed interview at lower-than-competitive minimums.

How does this impact the United Career Pathway Program?+

While ExpressJet pilots will have to choose which program to pursue, the CPP is still available to all eligible team members.

Learn More

To learn more about the JetBlue Gateway Program, contact pilotrecruiting@expressjet.com, or complete the form below: