ENVOY Air signs The Ohio State University to cadet program, providing a seamless transition from classroom to cockpit
Envoy offers aspiring pilots a direct path to a lifetime career with American Airlines
COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 27, 2016 – Envoy Air Inc. is building upon its existing Pilot Pipeline Programs with the expansion of an industry-leading Cadet Program. The Envoy Cadet Program assists the most promising future pilots in making a smooth transition from the classroom to cockpit. Combined with Envoy’s seniority-based flow through to American Airlines, the Cadet Program provides unmatched advancement opportunities.
On Saturday, August 27th, representatives from Envoy and Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies meet to formally sign the Envoy Cadet Program agreement and welcome Ohio State as an official Envoy Cadet partner. More than 42 leading universities and flight schools have previously partnered with Envoy’s ground-breaking Pipeline Programs and Envoy looks forward to them also participating in the Cadet Program.
“We’re delighted to formally welcome Ohio State to Envoy’s Cadet Program,” said Ric Wilson, Vice President Flight Operations. “By enrolling in the Envoy Cadet Program, students are on a direct path to a long-term career as a commercial airline pilot with American Airlines, the largest airline in the world, offering pilots the highest pay and youngest fleet among the U.S. mainline carriers.”
The Cadet Program offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves, including up to $15,000 in tuition reimbursement. Mentorships and internships with airline industry experts can begin as early as a Cadet’s freshman year. As a Cadet achieves more certifications, they become eligible for tuition reimbursement, placement at partner schools to serve as instructors so they can build their flight time, and, at select partner schools, employee travel privileges.
“The Envoy Cadet Program allows us to ease the financial burden faced by aspiring pilots wanting to pursue this career, while simultaneously giving Envoy access to some of the nation’s top aviation talent,” added Ric Wilson.
Envoy Signs Ohio State University to Cadet Program
Cadets will be placed into the FAA-required Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP) course, at no cost to them, after reaching the necessary number of flight hours. Upon successful completion of the course, they can quickly start their First Officer New Hire Class at Envoy.
“Nearly 90 pilots have already come through our existing Pipeline programs and are now flying as First Officers for Envoy, with 49 currently employed by Envoy as instructors or completing their qualifications,” added Ric Wilson. "We expect the enhancements in the Cadet program to attract even more pilots to join our team.”
New hire pilots are projected to upgrade to Envoy Captain in just two and a half years and flow through to American in just under six years, with no additional interview required. Nearly 70 percent of American’s new hires since 2013 came from Envoy. With crew bases co-located in American’s largest hubs of Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago, Envoy pilots enjoy ease of commuting and worldwide travel.
Envoy Air Inc. operates about 180 aircraft on more than 800 daily flights to more than 150 destinations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company’s more than 14,000 employees provide regional flight service to American Airlines under the American Eagle brand and ground handling services for many American Airlines Group flights. The company was founded in 1998, as American Eagle Airlines, Inc., following the merger of several smaller regional carriers to create one of the largest regional airlines in the world. Envoy is headquartered in Irving, Texas, with hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago and large ground handling operations in Los Angeles, Miami and New York. Envoy will begin operating its new fleet of 40 spacious Embraer 175 aircraft in Feb. 2016.
About American Airlines Group
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.