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Ameriflight expands UPS Airlines gatewayAmeriflight expands UPS Airlines gateway

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.

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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.

Dallas-based Ameriflight’s mission statement includes a set of core values that empowers “employees to be leaders” and rewards them with flow-through agreements to Frontier Airlines, Allegiant Air, and Omni Air International.

“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.

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a seaplane-rated private pilot who enjoys vintage aircraft, aerobatic flying, and photography.
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