Direct-entry captains, near-entry captains and pilots with Part 121 experience are now eligible for additional bonuses at Piedmont. Stabilize your career with top pay and a guaranteed seat at American Airlines.
Not enough hours to apply? Get paid to build time with Piedmont’s flexible Cadet Program.
Piedmont offers the Fastest Path to American Airlines
With a guaranteed job at American Airlines waiting, no regional airline gets pilots to a major airline faster. In about five years, Piedmont pilots transition to the world’s largest airline, all while taking home the industry-leading pay rate for first officers. Talk to a recruiter to learn how you can guarantee your seat at American.
Earn your Stripes Quickly
At Piedmont, you may start as a first officer, but that doesn’t mean you’ll stay in the right seat longer than you need to. Before your guaranteed job at American, Piedmont pilots have the opportunity to become captains in 12-15 months, which increases your pay. It’s even sooner for pilots with Part 121 experience.
Pay & Benefits
$50.50/hour (April 1, 2020)
First year pay for First Officers
$18,000 Signing Bonus +
Additional Bonus for Current Part 121 Experience
Ask a recruiter for more information
Year one Captain
Year two Captain
- Upgrade in 12-15 months, sooner with Part 121 experience
- After 2,500 total hours and 1,000 Part 121 hours, bid for captain
$5,000 – $15,000 additional bonus
Near-entry and direct entry captains
11 days off per month guaranteed minimum
42 hours paid sick leave per year
5 paid vacation days in your first year
10 paid vacation days in your second year
Ready to explore the world? You, your immediate family and your friends can reach 365 destinations on more than 6,800 daily flights across the American Airlines global network.
High quality health insurance is best in the industry
PPO covers doctor visits, hospitalization, prescriptions and vision
Dental coverage includes no-cost preventative care
Life and disability insurance provided at no cost to you
401(k) plan through Fidelity, with a company match
Commuters receive two free hotel rooms per month
Training at the American Airlines Training Center in CLT
100 percent trip cancellation and dead head pay
Triple premium pay available for flying on scheduled days off
Bid on crew base assignments based on vacancies and seniority
Hub bases: Philadelphia (PHL) or Charlotte (CLT)
Two hours from the mountains, three to the coast, Charlotte has it all. Hiking, biking, rafting and the mild year-round climate to enjoy it. Fly Embraer jets from CLT, American’s largest East Coast hub, and build your career in a vibrant city that’s growing but still small enough to retain its Southern charm that always says hello.
Piedmont’s prime location and growing Philadelphia hub offer pilots another great situation. You’ll challenge your skills with East Coast takeoffs and landings. You’ll live where everything’s within reach. Operate within easy distance of all that makes the East great – dynamic cities, rich culture, live sports, top dining, the beach and mighty Atlantic. Position your career, your life – in the center of it all.
Paths to the Cockpit
Apply as First Officer, Direct Entry Captain
Join Piedmont and start your journey toward American while enjoying the regional industry’s highest wages and a competitive benefits package.
- 1,500 hours of flight time, 50 hours of multi-engine time, 250 hours as Pilot in Command or meet requirements for Restricted ATP
- Commercial Multi-engine certificate with an instrument rating, and an English Proficient Endorsement
- Valid United States passport or a valid passport with authorization to work in the United States
- FCC Radiotelephone Operator Permit
- Current First Class Medical Certificate
- Possess a high school diploma or GED
- College degree from an accredited school
- Current employment in a pilot position
Train as a Cadet
Pilots with 400 hours TT can apply to Piedmont’s flexible cadet program and receive $25,500 in bonuses to help build hours. Our cadets do not have to be affiliated with a partner school, and may build hours where and how they choose. Cadets receive full access to flight benefits on American Airlines.
Transition from Military
Let Piedmont help you make the transition to a rewarding civilian career. We’ll help you complete the training you need to fly for Piedmont and American Airlines.
Military Pilot Transition Program
Are you a veteran? Turn your military service into a rewarding civilian career with Piedmont’s Military Pilot Transition Program.