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Piedmont resumes First Officer hiring in December 2023

SALISBURY, Maryland– Piedmont Airlines, a leading airline in the regional industry, is growing its team and will resume hiring Low Time First Officers and Cadets in December 2023. 

“We are excited to bring more pilots on board as we continue to grow our fleet of aircraft,” said Eddie Leverton, Vice President of Piedmont Airlines Flight Operations. “Our industry-recognized Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) training program and contractual pilot flow to American Airlines makes Piedmont one of the best airlines for pilots starting their career.” 

First Officers and Cadets who join Piedmont can kickstart their journey toward American Airlines while being among the highest-paid pilots in the regional industry, with First Officers starting at $93 per hour. Other quality of life benefits include: 

  • Compensating First Officers as Captains after accumulating 750 flight hours   
  • Contractual flow to American Airlines at 5 years or move to top of pay scale 
  • Minimum of 4 hours of flight pay for each day(s) of the assignment    
  • Commuting pilots in non-hub locations will receive four hotel nights per month  
  • 50% bonus on designated holidays (including “The Big Game”) for all pilots  
  • Minimum of 12 days off and additional enhancements to bid schedules 

First Officers who bring their hours from their current Part 121 carrier will be compensated for their experience: High Time First Officers with 500-949 hours of qualified Part 121 time and a type rating for the Embraer 135/140/145 earn $125,000 in their first paycheck. Qualified applicants must accept a conditional job offer before December 31, 2023, and start class before January 31, 2024. 

Looking to begin your pilot journey with Piedmont? Join Piedmont’s Cadet Program and get paid to build your hours how you want and where you want. Once you complete the ATP-CTP course and exam, you’ll be placed into the next available new hire class at Piedmont. When it’s your turn to flow to American Airlines, you’ll have a seamless transition with no further interviews.  

Ready to join Piedmont or have questions? APPLY NOW or contact the Piedmont Flight Recruiting team at For those who have previously applied, make sure your application is up to date.

About Piedmont Airlines

Piedmont Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group headquartered in Salisbury, Maryland. Piedmont operates 250 flights per day with a fleet of Embraer 145 regional aircraft, providing passenger service into American Airlines hubs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Charlotte, North Carolina. Piedmont’s award-winning ground handling team provides safe, reliable ground service to American Airlines passengers in 80 cities across the United States. Piedmont employs over 10,000 aviation specialists from coast to coast.