Airline Pilot Program CommutAir

Hiring Requirements for CommutAir

Airline Type: U.S. Regional

Pilots: 404

Aircraft Type: Embraer ER145

Headquarters: North Olmsted, Ohio

Bases: Newark, NJ (EWR); Dulles, VA (IAD)

Origin: Founded in 1989, CommutAir now operates on behalf of United Airlines as United Express with service to over 35 cities in the United States and Canada.

Homepage: CommutAir

First Officer Hiring Requirements

  • FAA commercial pilot’s license with multi-engine and instrument ratings
  • 50 hours of multi-engine fixed-wing flight time (may be reduced to 25)
  • 200 hours cross-country flight time
  • 250 hours fixed-wing PIC
  • 100 hours of cross-country as PIC
  • 100 hours of night flying
  • 75 hours of instrument time (actual or simulated – 50 hours must be in airplanes)
  • 25 hours of night PIC
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and finish ATP written prior to start of New Hire Training
  • Total flight time minimums:
    • 1,500 hours
    • 1,250 hours – with qualifying 2- or 4-year aviation university program with 30 aviation hours
    • 1,000 hours – with qualifying 2- or 4-year aviation university program with 60 aviation hours
    • 750 hours – military flight training graduates

Additionally, candidates must have the following qualifications:

  • Current FAA first class medical certificate
  • Current passport
  • IFR Currency
  • FCC Radio Operator’s Permit
  • Ability to legally work in the United States
  • Ability to travel in and out of the United States

Pay Breakdown

First Officer Year One: $36,500

First Officer Signing Bonus: $22,100 (paid before training)

First Officer Referral Bonus: $2,500 (per successful referral)

United Airlines Career Path Program (CPP)

CommutAir pilots in the United Airlines CPP secure United Airlines hiring consideration.

United CPP Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED at time of application; Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required before being hired by United Airlines
  • Actively fly a minimum of one year with CommutAir
  • Earn minimum of 1,000 Pilot-in-Command hours or 3,000 total hours flying for CommutAir
  • Successful CPP interview with United Airlines
  • Successfully complete United Airlines job fit assessment
  • Allow United Airlines to access CommutAir employment details
  • Complete minimum of one CommutAir initial qualification evaluation and one continuing qualification evaluation
  • Successfully complete required United Airlines professional development process and job fit assessment
  • Pass United Airlines drug screen and background check
  • Receive hiring recommendation from United CPP Administrator and the United Airlines Pilot Selection Board

Our flight school provides the training you need to get started for a career with CommutAir. We wish you well in your commercial airline pilot career and hope you land your dream job!


Although we strive to provide the most accurate information regarding hiring requirements for commercial airlines, we encourage you to confirm the above information directly with the airline.