Airline Pilot Program ExpressJet

Hiring Requirements for ExpressJet Airlines

Airline Type: U.S. Regional

Pilots: 1220

Aircraft Type: Bombardier CRJ200; Embraer ERJ145; Embraer E175

Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia

Bases: Chicago, IL (ORD – O’Hare); Cleveland, OH (CLE); Houston, TX (IAH); Newark, NJ (EWR); Knoxville, TN (TYS)

Origin: Founded in 1986, ExpressJet Airlines now operates on behalf of United Airlines as United Express with service to over 100 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Homepage: ExpressJet Airlines

Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3)

Pilots in the AP3 receive the following benefits from ExpressJet Airlines:

  • Airline pilot career mentorship and support
  • Guaranteed early interview
  • Conditional job offer
  • First Officer position
  • Funding for ATP CTP class

AP3 Qualifications:

  • Pass required testing after earning FAA Instrument rating
  • Maintain cumulative GPA of 2.75, with a 3.0 GPA in major

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
  • Able to pass required background security screenings and DOT/FAA-mandated drug screening

Preferred qualification: Accredited college degree – Explore our college degree program

Pay Breakdown

First Officer Year One: $40 per flight hour (75 hours guaranteed monthly)

First Officer Signing Bonus: $22,000

Pilot Referral Bonus: $1,000 (per successful referral)

United Airlines Career Path Program (CPP)

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

United CPP Qualifications:

  • Successful CPP interview with United Airlines
  • Successfully complete United Airlines job fit assessment

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


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