Republic Airline adds 3 universities as pilot development program partners

Republic Airline inked three collegiate partnership agreements for pilot development and career progression this month with Kansas State University Polytechnic, Rocky Mountain College and University of Dubuque, the company said.

Republic is now partners with more than 25 schools across the United States to help students fast-track their careers as commercial airline pilots.

Republic has worked with each of the programs in the past to recruit students for aviation career opportunities, but this formal agreement allows for greater campus presence and curriculum support.

The partnerships enable flight students at collegiate aviation programs to interview with the airline before graduation. If students meet Republic´s qualifications, they receive a conditional offer of employment and will be eligible to receive a bonus of as much as USD 17,500 as well as direct support from Republic as they work toward achieving the flight hours or ratings to meet ATP minimum requirements.

Republic pilots train to fly the Embraer E170 and E175 aircraft, the most advanced commercial aircraft in our industry. Since the creation of its first partnership program in 2015, Republic has had more than 500 pilot cadets enter the program, many of whom have already transitioned into First Officers with Republic.

Republic Airline, based in Indianapolis, Ind., operates a fleet of nearly 190 Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with 950 daily flights to 100 cities in 40 US states, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. The airline provides fixed-fee flights operated under its major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. The airline employs about 5,500 aviation professionals. Visit for more information.