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Piedmont offers a soft landing for pilots in distress.

End of summer turbulence is real, and it is affecting pilot careers.


“We are watching other airlines lose contracts, sell off airplanes, have their top executives leave and struggle to complete their schedules. It can be jarring for a pilot if you think your company isn’t on stable ground,” said Eddie Leverton, Vice President of Piedmont Airlines Flight Department. “We ran a very successful pilot transition program last summer for ExpressJet pilots who lost their jobs, and we thought, why not do something similar for any pilot who feels like their current situation is unstable?”

Piedmont’s “soft landing” includes all new hire bonuses and longevity pay credits offered by Piedmont, includes a dedicated concierge coordinator to make sure the transition goes smoothly, and an opportunity to speak with a chief pilot to make sure Piedmont is a good fit. Pilots bring their years of longevity from a previous carrier to start higher on the Piedmont pay scale and go through one of the best AQP training programs in the country.

Details of the soft-landing program include:

  • Eligible pilots earn $175,000 or more in bonuses in your first year
    • New $50,000 Type Rating Bonus for experienced pilots type rated in E135/140/145
    • Experience Bonus $100,000 for direct entry captains (950+ hours)
    • Experience Bonus $75,000 for high time first officers (500+ hours)
    • Unlimited DEC and HTFO Referral Bonuses $25,000 (DEC) or $20,000 (HTFO)
  • Benefit from new reserve rules: once a Piedmont Captain completes 250 hours, they are placed on long-call reserve (a minimum 12-hour call-out), offering more predictability and flexibility. No more sitting at the airport.
  • Expedited job offers
  • Opportunity to speak with a chief pilot during the job offer stage to make sure Piedmont is a good fit.
  • Industry leading medical benefits at affordable rates

Leave the turbulence of your current carrier behind and stabilize your career with Piedmont Airlines.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page or reach out to a recruiter at flypiedmont@aa.com. If you are ready:


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