Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines have entered into a pilot hiring partnership to facilitate pilot career path needs.
Scheduled to launch in June as part of the Frontier Career Pilot Program, the mutually beneficial relationship is designed to remove many of the career uncertainties that pilots face as they begin their airline careers by guaranteeing pilots entering Frontier’s Career Pilot Program a first officer position with Frontier upon completion of defined experience requirements.
Under the partnership, Silver and Frontier will work together in recruiting and interviewing new pilot candidates. Once selected, the pilot needs to remain employed by Silver Airways, upgrade to captain, and build at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time. Once these and other conditions are met such as dependability metrics and a letter of recommendation from Silver Airways, Frontier will guarantee that the pilot will transition to Frontier as a first officer on a seniority basis.
“Pursuing a professional pilot career is as challenging today as it has ever been,” said Silver Airways Vice President of Flight Operations David Lindskoog. “Being able to offer a greater degree of certainty to a new pilot as he or she considers a pilot career is a big deal. This agreement between Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines offers that certainty and provides a great opportunity for our pilots to advance their careers.”
“This career path program is an exciting opportunity for Silver Airways and its pilots,” said Silver Airways Chief Pilot Brandon Press. “The professional pilot job market is rapidly evolving and this will put Silver Airways and Frontier in a highly competitive position, while offering current and future pilots a solid path to a career with a major airline.”
“This program and our partnerships with these highly regarded and respected regional airlines will become an important element of Frontier’s overall strategy to fulfill our pilot staffing needs in the future,” said Jim Nides, Frontier’s vice president-flight operations.
“With forecasted retirements, it’s no secret that the demand for highly qualified pilots will grow over the next several years,” said JP Thibodeau, Frontier’s chief pilot. “This new partnership helps address our future pilot staffing needs while providing pilots entering the workforce a certainty for their careers.”
Pilots who currently fly for Silver Airways will also be eligible and encouraged to participate in Frontier’s Career Pilot Program.