Flexjet to expand pilot ranks by 25%

Flexjet LLC a provider of fractional jet ownership and the only provider to offer a unique dedicated crewing model, has announced a new, nationwide hiring initiative for pilots that will increase its flight crew ranks by 25 percent this year, the company said.

The company said its flight crew growth, together with a projected 14 percent increase in its fleet, is driven by increased demand, including growth in the premium Red Label by Flexjet service. International Red Label demand was up 31 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, and domestic Red Label demand increased 30 percent in 2017 year over year. In addition, Flexjet took delivery of 18 new aircraft during 2017.

As the company´s premium offering, Red Label by Flexjet has proven to be extremely popular among both Owners and pilots. Compensation for Red Label´s highly trained and experienced pilots is so important to Flexjet that the company has fought in union contract negotiations for the right to increase Red Label Program salaries unilaterally. Red Label pilots earn 25 percent more than competitors´ pilots and have additional benefits, including managing their own schedules, being assigned to a single aircraft and flying the industry´s newest fleet.

First-year Flexjet pilots using the preferential bid schedule can expect to make USD 80,000 per year; a fifth-year Challenger 350 pilot could earn as much as USD 176,000 a year, and a third-year Red Label chief aircraft commander flying a Gulfstream G650 could earn USD 205,000 annually.

Flexjet first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet offers fractional jet ownership and leasing. Flexjet´s fractional aircraft program is the first in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation´s Industry Audit Standard and is the first and only company to be honored with 19 FAA Diamond Awards for Excellence. For more details on innovative programs and flexible offerings, visit www.flexjet.com or follow us on Twitter @Flexjet and on Instagram @FlexjetLLC.