United Airlines opens flight training school at Phoenix Goodyear Airport

(02 February 2022)
United Airlines officially opened a 340,000 square foot flight training school at Phoenix Goodyear Airport last week.

The airline plans to hire at least 10,000 new pilots by 2030, including around 5,000 from the United Aviate Academy.

“Our drivers are the best in the business and have set a high standard of excellence,” said United Chairman and CEO Scott Kirby. “Recruiting and training even more people who have the same level of talent, motivation and skill is the right thing to do and will make us an even better airline. I couldn’t be more proud of this first group of students and I look forward to meeting the thousands of talented people who will walk through these doors in the years to come.”

United plans to hire at least 10,000 new pilots by 2030, including around 5,000 from the United Aviate Academy

Obtaining a commercial pilot’s license in the United States can cost around $100,000 and becoming an airline pilot requires 1,500 hours of flight time, which requires a significant commitment.

United currently has about 12,000 pilots, and United Boeing 787 and 777 captains can earn more than $350,000 a year. Additionally, United drivers receive one of the highest 401(k) matches in the country – 16% of base salary.

United Aviate Academy plans to train at least 500 students a year as part of United’s recruitment as the carrier strives to hire at least 10,000 pilots by 2030.

Aviation consultancy Oliver Wyman estimates a global pilot shortage of 34,000 airmen by 2025.

“As a United pilot for over 32 years, it’s exciting to see these new students earn their wings and start their careers in aviation, and I look forward to them joining me on the flight deck one day. flight,” said United Chief Pilot, Mary Ann Schaffer. “We need more pilots and a more diverse pool of young airmen, and United Aviate Academy will help us achieve both of those goals.”

United Aviate Academy facilities include:

– A leased fleet of late-model Cirrus SR-20 series single-engine aircraft;

– Nearly 50,000 square feet of office space;

– Several aircraft hangars;

– Dormitories for student accommodation with ample room for expansion;

– Proximity to many auxiliary airfields in the Phoenix area; and

– Favorable weather for flight training all year round.

United and JPMorgan Chase & Co. renewed last year’s commitment to fund nearly $2.4 million in scholarships for future Airmen attending the United Aviate Academy.


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