Florida, here we come! We’re flying an Embraer E145 to you, on a three-day, five-stop tour of some of your top aviation schools. It’s going to be a total AvGeek experience! We’ll also fill you in on our 2019 growth plans, including our 25 new Embraer E175s and plan to hire more than 600 pilots!

Here is where we’ll be:

Monday, January 21

  • L3 Aviation Academy (Million Air): 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Embry-Riddle Daytona (Yelvington): 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 22

  • Polk State (Warbird Ramp): 9 – 11 a.m.
  • FlightSafety International & Paris Air (Sun Aviation): 3 – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 23

  • Pan Am Flight Academy (Pan Am Ramp): 9 – 11 a.m.

We invite students of these schools to join us for aircraft visits. The aircraft parking location for each stop is noted in parenthesis. Hope to see you there!

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ExpressJet’s E175 launch is getting real! Earlier this week, Lead Line Check Pilot – ORD Paul Weston and Captain and Manager of Ground Training Eric Carlson became ExpressJet’s first E175 type-rated pilots.

Paul and Eric are among the 20 initial cadre check pilots who will receive their type ratings and then conduct training for ExpressJet pilots awarded the E175.

“This is a proud moment for those of us in the initial cadre and for the entire company,” said Paul. “It means we’re another step closer to the E175 being part of the ExpressJet family.”

So, what can ExpressJet pilots expect when they get behind the controls of the E175?

“So far, we’ve found the E175 to be very pilot friendly, highly automated and equipped with all the bells and whistles that make it a good fit with our company’s safety culture.”

With a new type rating on their certificates, Paul and Eric will now return to developing the policies and procedures to support our new fleet.

“The type rating was the easy part,” joked Eric, comparing it to the volume of work that goes into launching a new fleet type. “It’s all worth it, though, for the excitement of a new aircraft.”

ExpressJet’s first E175 arrives in April. We will hire more than 600 pilots in 2019 to support the growth of our fleet and to account for pilots progressing through the United Career Path Program. It’s takeoff time!


Our top-tier pilot pay just got ever better! New-hire pilots to ExpressJet will now receive a $22,000 sign-on bonus, plus an additional $5,000 bonus for an eligible type rating.

The first $5,000 of the bonus is paid during week one of employment, and the remaining amount, including the type-rating bonus (if eligible), is paid after successful completion of Initial Operating Experience.

With the increase, ExpressJet pilots can now earn upwards of $71,100 during their first year on the job!

ExpressJet is growing with new Embraer E175s, and we’re looking to hire more than 600 pilots in 2019! Pilots who interview can expect immediate class dates and to be complete with training and flying the line within approximately three months.

If you’re thinking about signing on, give us a shout. We’d love to talk.


Hello, 2019! It’s a new year, and we have some fresh visits lined up. Here’s where our Pilot Recruiting team will be in January:

  • January 10: ATP – Morristown, NJ
  • January 17:  ATP – Naples, FL
  • January 19: L3 Academy Career Fair – Sanford, FL
  • January 21-23: Florida Plane Tour – Details to come!
  • January 22: LeTourneau University – Longview, TX
  • January 24: ATP – Denver, CO
  • January 24: ATP – Ft. Lauderdale
  • January 24: Cirrus Aviation Job Fair – Sarasota, FL
  • January 25: ATP – Atlanta
  • January 25: ATP – Riverside, CA
  • January 26: FAPA San Diego
  • January 30: Florida Tech Spring Career Fair – Melbourne, FL
  • January 30-31: Vaughn College – Flushing, NY
  • January 31: ATP – Conroe, TX

We’re looking forward to seeing you! Please be aware that university and flight school events are generally limited to students of those institutions. However, we’re always happy to arrange a time to speak with you!

For questions about these visits, contact the Pilot Recruiting team at pilotrecruiting@expressjet.com.

It was a big news day at ExpressJet – we announced the addition of brand new Embraer E175-SC aircraft to our fleet and the sale of our company!


New E175s

Thanks to our proven track record as a top-performing and efficient flying partner, United Airlines awarded ExpressJet flying for 25 brand new Embraer E175-SC aircraft to fly for United Express. The E175-SC, which stands for Special Configuration, is a 70-seat configuration of the popular E175. Essentially, the same aircraft with a different seating arrangement.

We’ll start accepting deliveries in spring 2019 and should have the first passenger flights in the air by mid-summer. We’re still working through the flying network and base plan with United. Stay tuned for those details!

The E175-SCs are in addition to our 100+ E145s and 20 CRJ200s flying for United Express. Also worth noting, the 25 new E175-SCs we were awarded will replace other, older CRJ700 aircraft flying in the United Express system by other carriers.

New Ownership

We also announced the sale of ExpressJet to ManaAir, LLC, a company in which United Airlines will take a minority interest. The sale is expected to be complete in early 2019, at which point ExpressJet will become an independent company. As part of the agreement and, as previously shared with our team, we’ll transition to flying exclusively for United Express in early 2019.

The year ahead is shaping up to be an exciting one! We’ll update you with the latest details as we have them.

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