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Piedmont Airlines Launches $25,000 Referral Bonus Program to Attract Experienced Pilots

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Piedmont Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., is proud to announce the launch of an enhanced referral bonus program for pilots. The program offers substantial bonuses for successful experienced pilot referrals, creating an opportunity for team members to benefit financially while helping Piedmont expand its fleet and operations.

“At Piedmont Airlines, we believe that our team members are our most significant assets,” said Eric Morgan, Piedmont Airlines President, and CEO. “This program exemplifies our commitment to fostering a supportive and rewarding work environment, where our employees are not only motivated to excel but also incentivized to help grow the Piedmont family.”

Referral Bonus Program

As part of the Referral Bonus Program, Piedmont Airlines will provide team members with a $25,000 referral bonus for every qualified Direct Entry Captain (pilots with 950+ upgrade qualifying flight hours) and a $20,000 referral for every qualified High Time First Officer (pilots with 500-949 upgrade qualifying flight hours).

Unprecedented Benefits for Direct Entry Captains

Piedmont offers Direct Entry Captains a rewarding benefits package, including a $100,000 bonus on day one. In addition, DECs are eligible for 1:1 longevity credit for each year of experience, allowing them to start higher on the pay scale. They can also enjoy a minimum of 12 days off every month, limited reserve time, 150% pay on selected holidays, excellent healthcare, and a 401(k) plan with company match. Piedmont also provides a generous commuting policy and industry-leading flight benefits on American Airlines’ global network.  All referred pilots must apply through and start training by December 31 to be included in this program.

Easy Transition and Training

Experienced pilots making the transition to Piedmont can expect:

  • Expedited job offers
  • Opportunity to speak with a chief pilot during the job offer stage to make sure Piedmont is a good fit
  • Positive space travel to Piedmont’s training center to complete or resolve any outstanding paperwork or background issues
  • Preferential training date
  • Assigned concierge coordinator to expedite the hiring process
  • Longevity based pay and bonuses including captain pay starting at 750 hours
  • $100,000 day-one bonus for direct entry captains; $75,000 for high time first officers (500+ hours)
  • Eligible to refer others on day one and collect $25,000 per successful captain referral
  • Flow to American Airlines in five years or paid top of scale until flow

“With plans to expand the fleet while maintaining the highest level of reliability among regional carriers, the up-front experience bonus and premium pay makes Piedmont the ideal airline to work for,” said Eddie Leverton, Vice President Flight Operations. “Our benefits represent a continued investment in our pilots, which is critical to creating job opportunities for all of our Piedmont team members as we continue to grow our airline.”

Piedmont Airlines invites eligible team members to maximize their earnings, today! If you have questions or need more information, reach out to one of our recruiters by sending an email to  Piedmont team members can also find more information on the referral page on MyPiedmont.

About Piedmont Airlines

Piedmont Airlines, Inc. is a premier regional carrier of American Airlines, providing service both on the ground and in the air across the United States. Every day, nearly 10,000 aviation professional foster a mission of caring, compliance and communication on and off the airfield.  Piedmont is headquartered in Salisbury, Maryland, and operates a fleet of Embraer 145 regional jets. Piedmont Airlines’ ground handling team can be found in more than 80 airports across the United States providing award-winning ground service to passengers of American Airlines. Learn more about what’s happening at Piedmont by visiting connect with Piedmont on Twitter @piedmontair and at