Ameriflight and UPS Airlines expected to finalize an agreement in the coming days that would expand a pilot gateway program for qualified applicants and lead them into a UPS cockpit seat.
The two companies “agreed in principal” to broaden their relationship and speed pilots from “the nation’s largest Part 135 cargo carrier” into roles at UPS Airlines, according to an Oct. 6 news release. The program would enable pilots to pursue a path to the package delivery giant if they fulfill certain requirements.
Stipulations include successful completion of Ameriflight benchmarks, participation in personal and professional development, and UPS mentoring.
“We understand that we are a stepping stone for some in a career path to a major airline,” the company noted on its website. “Our goal is to help our employees that want to take this path.”
Ameriflight pilots fly a range of aircraft that span from the 8,000-pound-payload Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia to the 1,750-pound-payload Piper PA-31 Chieftan. The most numerous load-hauler in the fleet is the 3,500-pound-payload Beechcraft 99.
Ameriflight has 1,700 flights per week to 250 locations, and it handles 75,000 packages daily.