Piedmont Airlines - Direct Entry Captain

About Us

Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, is actively seeking Direct Entry Captains candidates to command our fleet of Embraer 145 regional jets at our Philadelphia, PA, Charlotte, NC and Harrisburg, PA crew bases. Join Piedmont as a Direct Entry Captain and maximize your career earnings. Bring your longevity from your current airline to earn even more. Enjoy the view from the left seat while earning the highest pay among your friends. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage, paid life, and disability insurance, a 401(k) plan with company match, and family travel privileges within the American Airlines system.

Captain Compensation

  • $146.25 year one
  • $150 year two
  • $153.75 year three
  • $157.50 year four
  • $161.25 year five
  • $213.75 top of scale
  • Captains flow to mainline after 5 years of service or be paid top of scale until they flow. Direct entry captains can bring their longevity and start on steps 2 through 11
  • Earn over $180,000 in bonuses

Bonus Structure

  • $15,000 sign-on bonus
  • $15,000 Direct Entry Captain bonus
  • $7,500 E145 PIC type rating bonus
  • $15,000 12 months of active service bonus
  • $30,000 Captain upgrade bonus
  • $40,000 Captain upgrade + 1-year bonus
  • $40,000 Captain upgrade + 2-year bonus
  • $25,000 flow to American bonus
  • Referral Bonus- $10,000 per successful Candidate

Insurance and Retirement

  • Medical insurance plan with a zero-dollar deductible
  • Employer pays 67% of the cost for employee.
  • Prescription and vision included.
  • Additional lower cost plans available.
  • Dental Insurance available with no-cost preventative care.
  • 100% company paid life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment
  • 401(k) available and company contribution of 4% after one year of service

Additional Benefits

  • Bring your longevity from your current airline to earn even more
  • Commuter hotel rooms. 6 per quarter (hub domiciles) 4 per month (non-hub domiciles)
  • Training at the American Airlines Training Center in CLT
  • 100 percent trip cancellation and dead head pay
  • Bid on crew base assignments based on vacancies and seniority
  • Long Call Reserve Available
  • 4-hour minimum day guarantee
  • 11 minimum days off per month

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2,500 hours of total flight time
  • 950 hours of qualifying FAR Part 121.436(a) flight time
  • Commercial Multi-engine certificate with an instrument rating, and an English Proficient Endorsement
  • Meet all flight currency requirements to carry passengers for hire
  • Valid United States passport or a valid passport with authorization to work in the United States
  • FCC Radiotelephone Operator Permit
  • Current First-Class Medical Certificate
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Type Rating in a Part 25 Aircraft
  • Current employment in a pilot position

At Piedmont Airlines, we are proud of what we do each and every day. Our pilots are some of the best in the industry, our safety record is unparalleled, and we offer outstanding training, benefits and travel privileges. From coast to coast, Piedmont employs over 10,000 aviation professionals in customer service, maintenance, and flight operations. Start here and see how far you can go.

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