Direct Entry Captain

Endeavor Air

Advance to Delta Air Lines in 24 months

Endeavor Air

Endeavor Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, takes pride in delivering a safe, reliable, and customer-focused travel experience. Flying as Delta Connection, Endeavor operates 700 daily flights to 100 destinations in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., Endeavor operates six crew bases and 11 maintenance bases across the country.

With a culture built on safety, excellence, and teamwork, Endeavor offers limitless potential for aviation professionals looking to start or continue their careers.

Ready for the challenge? Join Endeavor Air as a Direct-Entry Captain.

With industry-leading pay rates, a 10-year pay scale longevity match, up to $150,000 in bonus potential, and a direct and guaranteed path to Delta in as little as 24 months, there's never been a better time to join the Endeavor team as a Direct-Entry Captain.

VIDEO: Hear from Delta pilots, who were once our former Endeavor pilots, on why Endeavor is the best place to be.

Direct Entry Captains at Endeavor are hired for their leadership and technical expertise. This is a great opportunity for Captains who are looking for an outstanding company culture and guaranteed career advancement opportunities to Delta Air Lines. Captains have ultimate responsibility for the safe, efficient and customer focused operation of Endeavor aircraft. Captains conduct flight operations in strict compliance with company policies, procedures, and federal regulations.

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  • Demonstrates collaborative crew leadership while ensuring the safe, efficient, customer focused operation of the aircraft.
  • Ensure the aircraft is operated in full compliance with policies, procedures, regulations, and safety guidance.
  • With a focus on customer service, effectively communicate with customers verbally while making public announcements and providing safety and policy related instructions and timely informational updates to ensure our customers’ needs are met.
  • Uses superior judgment to conduct safe and efficient flights in company aircraft.
  • Maintain a high level of knowledge in the following areas: Company Policy and Manuals, FAA Regulations, Operations Specifications and other technical data appropriate to aircraft operations
  • Maintain a high level of personal decorum, professional conduct and personal appearance.
  • Maintain currency requirements with regard to medical, training, and hourly flight requirements.
  • Maintain awareness of crew legality requirements and ensures timely communication to Chief Pilot’s Office when status is in question.
  • Maintain required communication with maintenance and dispatch personnel when conducting flights.
  • Provide crew communication reports and crew incident reports to the Base Chief Pilot’s office when required or requested
  • Attend company training events to maintain currency.
  • Adhere to complete approved company uniform, company materials and flight kit as outlined in the Flight Operations Manual (FOM). Including but not limited to policy on dress code, appearance guidelines including no visible tattoos.
  • Provide Chief Pilot’s Office with any information regarding the safety of flight.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Proven leadership skills
  • Exceptional customer service skills and abilities
  • Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Radio License
  • Must have an FAA multi-engine Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate
  • Have at least 2,000 total flying hours
  • Have at least 975 hours of air carrier experienced as defined by FAR 121.436
  • Current FAA First Class Medical
  • Must be at least 23 years of age
  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent.
  • Possess and maintain a valid passport and equivalent travel documents to freely enter and exit all destinations where Endeavor Air flies.
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Must be able to read, write, fluently speak and understand the English language
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and cognitive skills
  • Must be able to work any shift, including: days, nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Ability to successfully pass a comprehensive Company, FAA and DOT required pre-employment screening, criminal background check, drug test, motor vehicle driving record (MVR), and PRIA records check.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to reach into overhead bins and retrieve stored items
  • Ability to walk and fit comfortably down the aircraft aisle and fit quickly through any exit.
  • Ability to hear and respond to customer and crew communications in situations with high background noise
  • Ability to lift/carry up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to stand or sit for long periods of time

New York City Residents Only: The minimum pay is $150.00 per credit hour. Additional pay increases occur as listed in the CBA, to a current maximum of $237.35 per credit hour.