CommutAir - Captain Accelerated Program

CommutAir (C5), operating exclusively as a United Express carrier and 40% owned by United Airlines, offers a clear path to the United Flight Deck as a partner in the Aviate program.

Founded in 1989, C5 operates more than 1,000 weekly flights to 50+ destinations along the East Coast of the U.S. and Canada. The fleet of nearly 40 (and growing) Embraer ERJ145 aircraft is based in Newark, NJ and Washington-Dulles. Even after 30 years of continuous growth, C5 maintains the family culture and friendly work environment it had at its founding. And even at 1,100 employees, our pilots are known by name, not just a number.

Compensation: First Officer and Direct Entry Captains (DEC)

  • First Year First Officer-$38.02/flight hour
  • Captain Pay $66.54 per flight hour after completion of initial sim proficiency check
  • $1.85 per diem
  • 100% Deadhead and Cancellation pay
  • Paid Training & Lodging- Single occupancy

Pilot Incentives

  • Career Path: offering pilots a fast, direct path to a United Airlines Flight Deck via United Airlines' Aviate Program.
  • Fleet: all-jet fleet of Embraer-145XR aircraft
  • Commuter Benefits: Skip the Crash pads with CommutAir. We offer 4 Company-paid hotel rooms to all registered commuter pilots in addition to our "make a good effort to get to work" policy, PLUS paid parking at your home airport.
  • Preferential Bidding System - CommutAir utilizes the NavBlue (PBS) Preferential Bidding System for all crew bidding. PBS helps you to get a block that suits you by customizing your bid according to your likes and dislikes, based on the work available at your seniority level. The CommutAir scheduling team builds trips in the most efficient way to maximize your workdays and increase your number of days off.
  • Preferred Bases – with bases in New York/Newark (EWR) and Washington D.C. (IAD), – to/from work is a breeze.

Solid Benefits

  • CommutAir offers a very competitive and affordable benefits package to all employees which include: Health, dental and vision insurance options
  • Company provided short-term disability and life insurance
  • Unlimited World-Wide Pass travel benefits with United Airlines for you and your family, deep discounts on partner airlines after 6 months
  • 401K plan with company match
  • Uniform Allowance
  • A wide range of employee discounts
  • FULL LIST

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current FAA ATP MEL license with instrument rating
  • 1,000 hours of applicable 121 SIC or 135 PIC experience (FAR 121.436) for DEC position
  • Instrument current-logged 20 hours of flight time in the past six months
  • Current FAA First Class Medical
  • FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Permit
  • Valid Passport
  • Able to travel internationally without restriction, especially to/from Canada
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States


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