United Airlines launches Aviate recruitment/development program for new pilots

United Airlines has announced the launch of Aviate, its new pilot recruitment program and career website, offering more opportunities and paths to achieving dreams of becoming a pilot, the company said.

The program´s signature, structured career pathways offer pilots at all stages of their journey — from college training to regional airline flying — the most direct path to flying for United, as well as the quickest progression from college to the rank of first officer of any major airline program in the industry. Due to retirements, attrition and projected growth, the company anticipates hiring more than 10,000 pilots by 2029.

Together, United and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2018, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 158 million customers.