CommutAir and Ohio University offer first officer pathway program

CommutAir, a United Express® carrier, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Ohio University´s Russ College of Engineering and Technology to offer Ohio University´s student pilots a direct path to a CommutAir First Officer position, the company said.

As part of the arrangement, CommutAir will provide select Ohio University student pilots up to USD 22,100 in tuition reimbursement towards obtaining a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating and building the necessary aeronautical experience required to fly for United´s fastest-growing regional airline.

CommutAir will offer student pilots hands-on experience by providing access to flight training resources, pilot mentors, and routine sessions with CommutAir pilots and executives. The program will serve as a preferred gateway for CFIs wanting to fly for CommutAir and eventually United Airlines via CommutAir´s United Career Path Program (CPP).

Students actively enrolled at Ohio University´s flight school are eligible to apply for the program, via the OU aviation program office, after completing a minimum of four semesters. Upon successful completion of the program, students are guaranteed a First Officer training class date with CommutAir.

Founded in 1989, CommutAir operates as United Express and is majority-owned by Champlain Enterprises, Inc. and 40% owned by United Airlines, Inc. CommutAir operates ~900 weekly flights to 30+ destinations, using the Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, from bases in Newark, NJ, and Washington-Dulles. CommutAir´s 900+ employees are well-known in the industry for fostering a family culture and a friendly work environment.