CAPTAIN YOUR CAREER
Aviate is United's industry-leading pilot career development program offering aspiring and established pilots the most direct path to a United flight deck.Find your path
We believe the success of our airline depends on the success of each individual — so you can have your dream career and count on our support every step of the way.
A clear path to United
We intend to hire more than 10,000 pilots in the next decade and have the largest fleet of widebody aircraft in North America, offering you exciting opportunities to advance.
- A direct path. Aviate participants can transition to United as a First Officer upon successful completion of the Aviate program and hiring requirements
- Travel privileges. Aviate participants enjoy travel privileges to United destinations around the world
- Coaching. Aviate participants will have the opportunity to participate in a coaching program and receive mentorship from United pilots
- Culture. You'll gain deeper connections with our United team, with access to senior leadership, site visits and tours, and an inside look at our inclusive culture
Love to fly, born to lead
Find out what makes United a great place to fly.
Fleet & Network Cleared for takeoff
Work your way toward the career you want with an expansive fleet and network that offer unmatched opportunities for advancement.
The most widebody aircraft of any North American carrier
236 widebody aircraft
41 more than the next leading competitor
That means more United pilots enjoy our highest pay rates and best schedules.
The most comprehensive global route network among North American carriers
4,000 flights per day on average
335 airports served
60 countries around the world
We have nonstop or one-stop service from almost anywhere in the U.S., and our network grows each year. Plus, our participation in Star AllianceTM provides access to an even bigger, growing global network with 28 member carriers.
Bases & Flexibility Choose your own adventure
With hubs and crew bases in great cities across the U.S., and the ability to explore new opportunities for yourself and your future, you’ll find more ways to live the life you want at United.
Training & Innovation Above and beyond
From industry leadership to cutting-edge technologies to next-level training — we create the best pilots in the industry. Everyone at United delivers on our core4 service behaviors: Safe, Caring, Dependable and Efficient.
- Our unique pilot development program matches pilots of different experience levels, making it easy to share knowledge in a personalized way.
- Our Flight Training Center (FTC) in Denver is the world’s largest and the industry’s leading airline training facility.
- Over 20 other airlines and government agencies send their personnel to train at our FTC.
- Our FTC recently completed a $150 million renovation, which allows us to support more than 50,000 live training events per year.
Culture Of Connection Connections that matter
We take our Shared Purpose — Connecting people. Uniting the world. — seriously. The moments we share with our customers and our colleagues make United a special place to work and a great way to fly, together.
Awards we've won
We invest in an inclusive culture where the best pilots and leaders want to work with supportive business groups and game-changing diversity initiatives. We pride ourselves on creating a working environment with opportunities for everyone.
Our Aviate participants’ success stories
Scott had always dreamed of flying with United. Because of Aviate, he was prepared to start the career of a lifetime. Since joining United, he’s flown the A319/A320, and currently operates the B787 to global destinations – all for work.
Coming from an aviation family, Adam was destined to fly after taking his first flight with his brother and father. As a result of dedication as an Aviate participant, Adam speaks to his experience that led him to become a Certified Flight Instructor at the United Aviate Academy.
As a former Aviate participant from Mesa Airlines, Aaron saw a clear path to United upon successful completion of the program. He became an A320 Captain and highlights United’s commitment to growth, safety, culture and inclusion.
Our United stories
Chief Trash Officer
A story of how United is investing in a future where sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) could be made from many kinds of waste that can one day help fly our planes.
United has the largest widebody fleet in North America, offering pilots flights to iconic destinations around the globe. Learn more about our historic order of new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
First Officer Chambers
Mark wouldn't let anything get in the way of his dream of flying. Today, he flies a United Boeing 777 around the world.
Industry Leadership Together, we soar
We take pride in our ability to continually thrive and grow. Count on us to be there for you for the long haul.
How we grow
We've added 120 new domestic routes and 22 new international routes to our network over the last two and a half years.
How we win
Full details regarding Aviate eligibility and transition requirements can be found in the Aviate Program Guide (APG). For questions not covered in the APG, please provide your information and question in the space provided, and we’ll get back to you soon.