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In response to a projected pilot shortage in the future, airlines are providing opportunities to prospective pilots. Thanks to changes and improvements to existing programs, more people are realizing their dream of becoming an airline pilot.


Earlier this year, Alaska Airlines announced it is partnering with Horizon Air and teaming up with Hillsboro Aero Academy, (a pacific Northwest flight school) to launch the Ascend Pilot Academy (APA). The program hopes to train up to 250 students a year. Financial aid, guidance, and conditional job offers will be available to students. You can learn more about the program and requirements at Alaska


Delta Air Lines is offering an alternate career path and an accelerated timeline to become a Delta pilot. A four-year college degree is now preferred rather than required for first officer candidates. Now, life and leadership experience are taken into consideration as part of the training program criteria. 

Learn more about Delta’s Propel pilot career path program at Delta Propel


January of this year, United Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to own a flight training school in Goodyear, Ariz. The United Aviate Academy is part of United’s long-term answer to the pilot shortage. The company hopes to work toward its goal of training 5,000 pilots at the school by 2030. United pilot career and programs can be found at

Other airline news
Alaska Airlines will begin flying their Seattle route with E175 regional jets beginning Sept. 8, replacing the older Q400 turboprop planes. The airline states the Embraer 175s are designed for short to mid-range flights, featuring 76 wide seats, window and aisle only- no middle seats. Inflight entertainment and Wi-Fi are available for everyone on board.
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