Republic Airline , Lewis University ink college's first pilot partnership agreement

Republic Airline has signed a partnership agreement with Lewis University for pilot development and career progression, the college aviation program´s first agreement with an airline, the company said.

With the addition of this aviation program, Republic now works with 23 schools across the United States to help students fast-track their careers as commercial airline pilots.

The partnership enables flight students at collegiate aviation programs to interview with the airline as early as their sophomore year. Students meeting Republic´s qualifications will receive a conditional offer of employment, transitional support to Republic´s commercial training program, and be eligible to receive a signing bonus of as much as USD 15,000. Republic pilots train to fly the Embraer E170 and E175 aircraft, the most advanced commercial aircraft in our industry.

Republic Airline, based in Indianapolis, operates a fleet of approximately 190 Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with 950 daily flights to 100 cities in 35 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 www.rjet.com for more information.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit http://www.lewisu.edu for further information.