CommutAir - Captain Accelerated Program

Founded in 1989, CommutAir operates as United Express and is majority-owned by Champlain Enterprises, Inc. and 40% owned by United Airlines, Inc. CommutAir operates more than 1,000 weekly flights to 40+ destinations, using the Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, from bases in Newark, NJ, and Washington-Dulles. CommutAir’s 900+ employees are well-known in the industry for fostering a family culture and a friendly work environment.

Over the next two years, CommutAir is in need for 200 captains to staff their tripling ERJ145 fleet flying exclusively for United Airlines. Pilots with applicable Part 121/135 hours are eligible for a sign-on bonus up to $45,000 and immediate upgrades during basic Indoc after they clear CommutAir’s Captain Review Board. Captain-qualified pilots are on the fast-tracked path to United Airlines via the United Airlines Career Path Program.

**A limited number of awards during Basic Indoc so apply now! **

Compensation: First Officer and Captain Year 1
  • First Year First Officer-$37.46/flight hour
  • Captain Pay $65.56 after completion of initial sim training
  • $1.80 per diem
  • 100% Deadhead and Cancellation pay
  • 75-hour monthly guarantee
  • Paid Training and Lodging- Single occupancy

Pilot Incentives

Sign-on Bonus – up to $45,000 paid at the start of training.

Up To $2,500 Referral Bonus - for all CommutAir employee who recommends a pilot candidate that interviews and begins new hire Pilot Training.

Career Path – offering pilots the fastest and most direct path to a United Airlines Flight Deck via the CommutAir-United Career Path Program (CPP).

Fleet – fly our tripling in size all-jet fleet of Embraer-145XR aircraft! Over the next two years we plan to triple the size of our fleet to up to 61 aircraft.

Industry Leading 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 and 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 work days and increase your number of days off.

Preferred Bases – with bases in New York/Newark (EWR) and Washington D.C. (Dulles), – 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
  • 401K plan with match
  • Uniform Allowance
Minimum Qualifications
  • Current FAA ATP MEL license with instrument rating
  • 1,000 hours of applicable 121 SIC or 135 PIC experience (FAR 121.436)
  • 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
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship


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