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Ameriflight Joins United Airlines’ Pilot Career Path Program

February 5th, 2020

Media Contact:
Jamie Smith
Ameriflight, LLC
Marketing and Communications Manager | 214.422.4627

DALLAS, TX – Together, United and Ameriflight are launching a career path program which gives Ameriflight pilots a clear route to a pilot position at United Airlines in as little as three years. The Aviate program offers the most direct path to a major airline under which pilots can gain unparalleled flying experience at Ameriflight and accumulate the experience needed to proceed to United.

Aviate, the career path program between United and Ameriflight, is open to current and future Ameriflight pilots. Those who apply and are successful in the Aviate selection process will benefit from the defined path to a career at United. The journey starts by completing the necessary service requirements with Ameriflight, while maintaining an outstanding performance record. Without further interviewing, the pilot will have the opportunity to transition to United Express, and ultimately United. Throughout the journey, Aviate participants will build aeronautical experience and develop as leaders in preparation for a position as a United pilot.

“The Ameriflight-United partnership is a powerful combination. United’s industry leadership, cutting-edge technologies, and next-level training is uniquely complimentary to how the Ameriflight team works,” said Ameriflight Chief Executive Officer Paul Chase. “The industry has consistently recognized Ameriflight pilots as exceptional aviators and Ameriflight as the leader in preparing pilots with crucial aeronautical decision-making and airmanship skills. Together, through Aviate, we will provide exceptional career advancement opportunities for the world’s future major airline pilots. Aviate will allow us to execute on our ambitious growth strategy and capitalize on the demanding industry opportunities in 2020 and years to come, setting us up for another 50 years of successful business operation.”

“United Aviate is excited to partner with Ameriflight,” said Captain Curtis Brunjes, Managing Director Pilot Strategy at United. “We recognize the tremendous experience that our pilots will gain flying at Ameriflight and look forward to giving our Aviate participants the choice to fly at Ameriflight as part of their journey to the left seat of a United aircraft.”


About Ameriflight:
Ameriflight is the nation’s largest Part 135 cargo airline.  Founded in 1968, Ameriflight has grown from a small air charter and cargo service carrier to an international operator with 15 bases, 1,500 weekly departures, and 200 destinations. Ameriflight is headquartered in Dallas, TX and has more than 500 employees including over 150 pilots and over 100 aircraft. Ameriflight provides feeder services for overnight express carriers such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL. For more information, visit us at, connect with us on LinkedIn, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @Ameriflight.


About United Airlines:
United’s shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” We are more focused than ever on our commitment to customers through a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience: Every customer. Every flight. Every day. Together, United and United Express operate approximately 5,000 flights a day to 362 airports across five continents. In 2019, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 162 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 791 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express partners operate 579 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26 member airlines. For more information, visit, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol “UAL”.


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