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Piedmont Airlines Announces Employment Relief for iAero Airways Pilots Under Distressed Carrier Contract Provisions

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Seniority list pilots given longevity credit, bonuses and preferred hire dates

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines announced today that it will provide employment relief to pilots at iAero Airways under Piedmont’s “distressed carrier” provision in its ALPA-negotiated pilot contract. The language, added to Piedmont’s pilot contract in 2021, allows the company to offer pilots at carriers deemed “distressed” a safe haven for employment, including longevity-based pay and bonuses. Piedmont offered a similar program to ExpressJet pilots in 2022.

“As Piedmont adds new aircraft and continues to grow, our need for experienced pilots is also growing. We are very pleased to offer iAero pilots an immediate conditional job offer, training support and significant bonuses to help in this difficult time,” said Edward Leverton, vice president of Flight. “Our goal is to provide stable employment to these experienced pilots and make transition to Piedmont as easy as possible.”

Seniority list iAero pilots interested in an immediate conditional job offer at Piedmont can contact Piedmont through or to learn more. Piedmont’s new hire bonuses, pay and credits will apply to iAero pilots.

Details of the provision include:

  • Immediate conditional job offers
  • Positive space travel to Piedmont’s training center in Charlotte to complete or resolve any outstanding paperwork
  • Preferential training date
  • Assigned transition coordinator
  • $100,000 first paycheck bonus for current qualifying captains
  • $75,000 first paycheck bonus for qualifying first officers with 500+ Part 121 hours
  • $50,000 for pilots with a E145 type rating
  • Longevity based pay and bonuses
  • Industry unique reserve rules for captains
  • Exceptional medical insurance, 401k and travel benefits
  • Contractual flow to American Airlines

For more information on Piedmont Airlines, visit  or email Pilots who wish to begin the process immediately can reach out to Christopher Reese at


About Piedmont Airlines

Piedmont Airlines, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines, providing service both on the ground and in the air across the United States. Every day, nearly 10,000 aviation professionals foster a mission of caring, compliance, communication, and community 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