Breeze Airways Partners With ATP Flight School To Address Pilot Shortages

Breeze Airways announced this week that it is partnering with ATP Flight School to offer a streamlined route for graduates to become a First Officer with the carrier. The Utah-headquartered airline is seeking to provide a solution to the growing shortage of pilots with the move.

A direct route

Since commencing operations in May last year, Breeze has shown that it is looking to hold a long-term presence across its operations from all angles. Along with the bolstering of destinations on its route map, it has been showing its attention to the national crew recruitment drive.

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With the Breeze Embark Program, the operator is looking to put ATP graduates on the right path with their careers. Those taking part will progress from the school and into the flight deck following a jet transition program and ATP CTP training.

Eligible ATP instructors can interview with the airline β€œat 500 hours total time.” Those that have successfully passed would receive a conditional job offer and mentoring from Breeze crew members while obtaining experience in the air.


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Breeze has been expanding heavily. Photo: Airbus

Plenty of talent

Michael Arnold, director of marketing, ATP Flight School, shared the following in an official statement:

“The new partnership with Breeze presents ATP graduates with another accelerated pathway to establish their career with a growing airline. As the leading supplier of pilots to the nation’s airlines, we are excited to develop this hiring solution with Breeze and help them meet their demand for professional pilots as they continue to scale.”

After performing 1,500 hours of flight time, instructors transition to the airline as First Officers of Embraer E190 jets after finishing the Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program with ATP.

Chris Owens, VP, Flight Operations, Breeze, added the following:

“We are delighted to partner with ATP, a premier developer of outstanding pilots, and are excited to welcome them to the Breeze family. With one of the best growth stories in the airline industry, Breeze will offer tremendous opportunities to ATP graduates and a defined path to achieving a very rewarding career.” Chris Owens, VP, Flight Operations.”

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Industry conditions

Breeze is expecting a busy period ahead as it recently increased connectivity with new East Coast services and transcontinental routes. IT now flies on over 42 routes, priding itself on the notion that it flies where others don’t. It has a mission of having 70 aircraft in 70 cities in the next three years.


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The airline has about 10 Embraer E190s in its fleet. Photo: Embraer

However, there has been a notable pilot shortage amid the rise in passenger demand. As a result, the likes of SkyWest have had to look at ending service in large portions of their network. Operators are looking at solutions, with carriers such as Alaska Airlines also launching pilot training projects to address shortage issues.

Breeze ended the year with 330,000 passengers served. As it continues its growth, it will need the right personnel to handle its operations in the years to come. After all, it’s only just the beginning for David Neeleman’s company.

What are your thoughts about the pilot program launched by ATP Flight School and Breeze Airways? What do you make of the overall prospects of the initiative? Let us know what you think in the comment section.


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