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Apply as a pilot at a United Express® Aviate® program partner

If you're flying for one of our United Express Aviate partners, it’s great time to opt in to the Aviate program. Acceptance to Aviate will secure your path to United.

Your process

Details and requirements

Step 1 Fly with a United Express partner

If you’re flying for a participating United Express carrier, you may be eligible to opt in to Aviate. Our partners include:

Air Wisconsin - Airlines CommutAir GoJet Airlines Mesa Airlines

Step 2 Opt in to Aviate

  • Opt in to Aviate during the onboarding process at participating UAX carriers by confirming that you meet eligibility requirements and understand the transition criteria to successfully transition to United. Current UAX pilots will receive an enrollment email from United.

When you join Aviate, you’ll gain access to:

  • Growing pipeline of talent. United aims to hire up to 24% of the Aviate transition list each year at each participating United Express (UAX) carrier
  • A simple, 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
  • 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

Step 3 Fly with United Express

  • Flying with our United Express Aviate partners provides invaluable flying experience
  • Secure your path to United with a minimum of 2,000 flight hours (1,500 flight hours if upgraded to Captain) and 24 months of service with a United Express Aviate partner
  • A bachelor’s degree continues to be preferred across all United pilot hiring. You must either have a bachelor’s degree, serve a minimum of 1,000 flight hours as a Captain at an Aviate-participating UAX carrier or graduate from United Aviate Academy
  • Candidates who are already flying with a United Express Aviate partner will be credited for months of service and flight hours already completed

Step 4 Transition to United as a First Officer

  • Once you complete your minimum transition requirements with United Express, you will be eligible to transition to United as a First Officer
    • A bachelor’s degree continues to be preferred across all United pilot hiring. You must either have a bachelor’s degree, serve a minimum of 1,000 flight hours as a Captain at an Aviate-participating UAX carrier or graduate from United Aviate Academy
  • When a First Officer position opens with United, and you’re at the top of the Aviate transition list, you’ll receive a United pilot class date
  • The sooner you opt in to Aviate, the higher priority you’ll have — which means a quicker transition from United Express to United
  • Once you join United as a First Officer, begin your dream career toward the left seat in the flight deck as a United Captain

Any questions?

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.

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