SALISBURY, Maryland - Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group Inc., is announcing $15,000 in bonuses for new hire pilots in addition to the opportunity to fly for American Airlines. The new incentive adds up to $10,000 in cash for pilots who have current Part 121 hours on top of a $5,000 signing bonus.
“Two factors are at work here,” said Lyle Hogg, Piedmont Airlines president. “We are one of the few regional airlines that is expanding, so we need to have a reliable flow of pilots coming in to staff our growing fleet. Second, pilots who come to Piedmont will only be here for a short period of time before they move over to fly for our parent company, American Airlines. We want to make sure we are attracting the best pilots so we can send the best pilots to American.”
All pilots hired at Piedmont receive a $5,000 signing bonus. Pilots with current scheduled air carrier experience will now receive an additional $10 for every Part 121 hour, up to $10,000. Piedmont’s benefit package also includes a generous commuter policy, excellent, low cost family health insurance, $1,000 pilot referral opportunities and industry-leading flight benefits on American Airlines.
“Piedmont has a great story to tell,” said Hogg. “Pilots here gain critical East Coast flying experience, upgrade quickly to captain and then move seamlessly over to American Airlines to fly for the largest airline in the world. If you are selected to fly for Piedmont, you have a very exciting, very lucrative career ahead.”
Piedmont plans to hire more than 200 pilots in 2016. Prospective pilots can learn more here or apply online at AirlineApps.com. Piedmont will hold an on-site pilot hiring session March 23 at Philadelphia International Airport. Spots are limited and must be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.