At Mesa, Recruiting Is About Helping Pilots Progress In Their Careers

Pilots choose Mesa because of the real opportunities that exist for both experienced pilots and newcomers to the industry. Mesa's training, job security and upgrade times are second to none. A
 testament to our success and future opportunities – is the fact that – while our growth is among the fastest in the industry, our pilot attrition is among the lowest. 

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Mesa Airlines has Developed a Cadet Pipeline
$10,000 in
Reimbursement or Pre-Payment for your CFI
$50,000 Sign-On Bonus
•$22,500 paid after the completion of training*
•$20,000 paid after the completion of Year 3*

*Difference of Sign-On Bonus paid after the completion of training at Mesa Airlines
*Unless the pilot is eligible for Captain upgrade based on company seniority and FAA Part 121 requirements
*First Officer Programs are subject to adjustment if the wages in Section 3 of the Collective Bargaining are adjusted

Student earns their private pilot certificate
Interview conducted with Mesa Airlines
Pilot Cadet earns the Commercial Pilot Certificate with a Multi-Engine rating
 (Upon successful completion of above requirements)
 Pilot Cadet travels to Mesa Airlines HQ to be on boarded as a cadet
 Pilot Cadet  receives $10,000 for CFI completion
 Pilot Cadet completes required time for R-ATP or ATP (within 18 months)
Pilot Cadet transitions to Mesa Airlines
Pilot completes One Year commitment at Mesa Airlines
Currently Enrolled in a CFI Cadet Partner University








Please make sure you meet all of the above requirements before applying!

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Our fleet of large regional jets has grown to 144...yes, our fleet doubled in two years and we expect to continue our growth. We understand your career goals. For job stability and a quick path to upgrade, apply now. It is a great time to join Mesa Airlines!

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Accommodation for Applicants With Disabilities: Mesa Airlines, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation in its application process for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans. If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need an accommodation, you may email us at or alternatively send a fax to 602-685-4350.  In order to quickly respond to your request, please use the words "Accommodation Request" as the subject line of your email or as the title of your fax document.

Candidates who have previously interviewed for a Flight Officer position are required to wait a minimum of six months before reapplying.


As an equal opportunity employer, Mesa Airlines recognizes that our strength lies in our people.