United sets ambitious diversity target for hiring pilots
United Airlines on Tuesday announced an ambitious new plan to recruit more pilots for what could be a global pilot shortage following the COVID-19 pandemic.
United, the only major U.S. airline to have its own flight school, has started accepting applications for the United Aviate Academy as it embarks on a plan to train 5,000 new pilots by 2030, including in less than half are women and people of color.
Supported by scholarships from United Airlines and JPMorgan Chase, United Aviate Academy will create opportunities for thousands of students, including women and people of color, to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot, the one of the most lucrative careers in the industry.
Additionally, for United Aviate Academy students who may need additional funding, United has partnered with Sallie Mae to offer private student loans to ensure that no highly qualified, highly motivated and eligible applicants. will be refused only because he cannot afford to register.
“Over the next decade, United will train 5,000 pilots who will be guaranteed employment with United, once they meet the requirements of the Aviate program – and our plan is for half of them to be women and people of color, ”said Scott, CEO of United. Kirby said in a press release. “We are delighted that JPMorgan Chase has agreed to support our work to diversify our ranks of pilots and create new opportunities for thousands of women and people of color who wish to pursue a career in aviation.”
United and JPMorgan Chase pledged $ 1.2 million each to support women and people of color who are accepted United Aviation Academy.
“We are proud to partner with United in supporting Aviate Academy’s mission to empower thousands of people to pursue their dream as a commercial airline pilot,” said Ed Olebe, President of Chase Co-Brand Cards. “Investing in this program aligns directly with our efforts to advance racial equity by expanding career development opportunities and making tangible progress in an area where women and people of color are under-represented. “