First Officers at a US Regional Airline Will Receive 41% Pay Increase

29th Aug 2022

CommutAir leadership and Airline Pilot Union (ALPA) are excited to announce sweeping increases to the shared pilot compensation program.  Incoming first officers will now start at $72.00/hr and Captains will start at $100.00/hr. Additionally, new sign-on & retention bonuses are now available up to a total of $25,000 for First Officers and $50,000 for Captain qualified pilots.  The opportunities offered by these updates will enable sustained growth for all of our employees.  CommutAir pilots will now receive enhanced levels of scheduling, commuting expenses, health insurance, vacation, sick leave and 401k benefits that are among the best in the industry: 

Compensation benefits of the agreement include: 

  • Increase in starting First Officer wages – $72/hr
  • Increase in starting Captain wages – $100/hr 
  • Pilot sign-on bonuses and incentives – $25,000 for First Officers and $50,000 for Captain Qualified pilots 
  • Significant increase to pay override for instructors (Ground, SIM, Line Check Pilots, and Designated Examiners) 
  • Annual retention bonuses totaling $25,000 for First Officers and $50,000 for Captains for full contract duration 
  • New Minimum Monthly duty period Guarantee – 76 hours 
  • Full Compensation for Experience – Longevity credit of 1:1 up to 20 yrs for new hires with prior FAR 121 industry experience 
  • Increased Commuter hotel allotment for reserve pilots Industry leading Commuter travel program including flights from home to base Direct flow to United Airlines through the Aviate Program 

CEO Rick Hoefling commentedWe are excited about the opportunities this will provide CommutAir and is one more step towards securing our long-term success in the regional airline industry” 

About CommutAir 

CommutAir is a regional airline operating flights on behalf of United Airlines as a United Express partner. With a fleet of over 70 active Embraer 145 aircraft, CommutAir operates up to 1,500 weekly flights – connecting people and communities to the world via United’s global network. Headquartered in Cleveland: CommutAir has major hubs in Denver, Houston, and Washington Dulles, with maintenance bases in Houston, Albany, New York and Lincoln, Nebraska. Founded in 1989, CommutAir is 40% owned by United Airlines, Inc.

Source: CommutAir Press Release

Photo Credit: CommutAir

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