SALISBURY, Maryland– Just two months after announcing one of the largest pilot pay increases in company history, Piedmont Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, will offer new hire pilots with experience an even sweeter deal: a total compensation package worth $60,000 and an accelerated path to American. The change comes as Piedmont looks to match its regional competitors in pay and career progression.
“It is a pilot’s market, and we have to stay competitive,” said Lyle Hogg, Piedmont Airlines president and CEO. “Piedmont continues to lead the regional industry not just in compensation, but in opportunities for pilots as we expand our jet fleet and route structure in 2017.”
Qualified pilots selected to fly for Piedmont will now receive more than $20,000 in bonuses including $16,200 paid for signing and a $5,000 bonus for previous commercial flight experience. Pilots will earn $5,000 for every pilot they refer to the company and additional cash for meeting performance incentives. In September, Piedmont announced it would raise first year pay for first officers to $38.80, up from $29. The dramatic pay increase led to an even bigger perk: a faster track to flying for American.
“By contract, all Piedmont pilots in good standing have the opportunity to fly for American Airlines,” said Hogg. “As more pilots come to Piedmont, we are obligated to send a greater number of pilots to American. The increase in hiring over the last eight weeks means pilots will move to American faster than we projected, which is great for their careers.”
Piedmont employs approximately 480 pilots, but will increase that number to 700 next year to staff a growing fleet of Embraer jets. “There is no better time to be a pilot at Piedmont,” said Hogg. “Train with us and know that you have financial stability for yourself and your family for the rest of your career.”
For more information on joining the Piedmont pilot group, email flyPiedmont@aa.com or visit Piedmont-Airlines.com/Careers.