United Airlines has signed a purchase agreement for the Westwind School of
Aeronautics in Phoenix, Arizona.
The flight training academy will become an
extension of United's Aviate
Academy, giving the airline more visibility and direction over
the recruitment, development and training of future pilots.
United expects approximately 300 students to
graduate from the United Aviate Academy in its first full year of
operation, and anticipates hiring more than 10,000 pilots by 2029.
"We have developed the Aviate
program in collaboration with the Air Line Pilots Association,
International to have greater influence on the next generation of
aviators at United," said Captain Bebe O'Neil, United's managing
director of Aviate. "Launching our own academy provides us with
the unique opportunity to not only ensure we maintain the ideal
number of quality candidates within our pilot pipeline, but also
play a significant role in recruiting, developing and welcoming
those with diverse backgrounds to the United family."
addition to launching the flight academy, United plans to reduce
financial barriers to joining the program, making the dream of
becoming a United pilot even more accessible to more individuals.
The carrier is currently engaging with financial institutions with
the goal of making attractive financing terms – such as
industry-tailored grace periods and competitive interest rates –
available to qualified individuals.
Additionally, United plans to launch a
scholarship program specifically focused on encouraging women and
minorities to consider joining the United family.
· Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
· Western Michigan University
· Lufthansa Aviation
· University of North Dakota
Hillsboro Aero Academy
· US Aviation Academy
Flight Safety International
· ATP Flight School
· Air Wisconsin
· Mesa Airlines
Florida Institute of Technology
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