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Apply as a pilot at a United Express® AviateSM program partner

If you are already in the air with, or about to fly for, one of our United Express Aviate partners, it’s a great time to apply to the Aviate program. Acceptance to Aviate, after successfully completing the selection process, will shorten your time to United.

We’re looking for talented candidates who:

  • Reflect our leadership qualities, including the ability to model character, think creatively, deliver results and foster teamwork
  • Share our commitment to the principles of core4 service behaviors: Safe, Caring, Dependable and Efficient
  • Demonstrate a passion for the industry and a lifelong dedication to excellence and achievement

Your process

Details and requirements

Step 1

Fly with a United Express partner

If you fly for or are applying to one of our United Express Aviate partners, you are eligible to apply. Our partners include:

Air Wisconsin - Airlines Express Jet Mesa Airlines CommutAir

Step 2


When you join Aviate, you’ll immediately gain access to:

  • A direct path to United. Aviate participants transition to United as a First Officer upon successful completion of the Aviate program and hiring requirements
  • Travel privileges. Aviate participants enjoy travel privileges to hundreds of United destinations
  • Coaching. Aviate participants are paired with United pilots, creating a structured format for critical leadership and career development
  • Aviate pilot leadership program. Aviate participants are equipped to become future United Captains through leadership, business acumen and decision-making skills development
  • Development events and programs. Aviate participants are provided a breadth of resources to learn and grow throughout Aviate
  • United leadership interaction. Aviate participants are key to our future and have opportunities to meet senior leadership and United Captains
  • Site tours. Aviate participants have opportunities to visit and tour our advanced and complex operational facilities

Step 3

Begin or continue to fly with United Express

  • Flying with our United Express Aviate partners provides invaluable flying experience
  • Enjoy expedited time in service with Aviate, including minimum service requirements of 2,000 flight hours and 24 months with a United Express Aviate partner
  • Candidates who are already flying with a United Express Aviate partner will be credited for months and hours already completed, but must still serve a minimum of six months with the partner

Step 4

Transition to United as a First Officer

  • Once you complete your minimum transition requirements with United Express, you will be eligible to transition to United as a First Officer
  • When a First Officer position opens with United, and you’re at the top of the priority list, you’ll receive a job offer
  • The sooner you apply to Aviate, the higher priority you’ll have — for a quicker transition from United Express to United
  • Once you join United as a First Officer, begin your dream career toward the left seat in the cockpit as a United Captain

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