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United Airlines Officially Opens the United Aviate Academy at Phoenix Goodyear Airport

Today, United Airlines officially opened the United Aviate Academy at Phoenix Goodyear Airport, welcoming their inaugural class. The academy is a key part of the carrier’s goal to train 5,000 new pilots at the school by 2030.

The United Aviate Academy at Phoenix Goodyear Airport Officially Opens on Thursday, January 27, 2022 - Courtesy United Airlines

On Thursday (January 27, 2022), United Airlines announced the official opening of the United Aviate Academy at Phoenix Goodyear Airport. Starting with today’s inaugural class, the carrier hopes to train around 5,000 new pilots at the school by 2030, with a focus on upholding United’s world-class safety standards. In total, the airline plans on hiring at least 10,000 new pilots by 2030, with approximately half coming from the United Aviate Academy. At the opening ceremony today, United CEO Scott Kirby, company President Brett Hart, and FAA Administrator Brad Mims were on hand to greet the inaugural class.

In today's announcement, United Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer, Scott Kirby, said,

“Our pilots are the best in the industry and have set a high standard of excellence. Recruiting and training even more people who have that same level of talent, motivation and skill is the right thing to do and will make us an even better airline. I couldn’t be prouder of this first group of students and look forward to meeting the thousands of talented individuals who will pass through these doors in the years to come.”

United and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have renewed last year’s commitment to fund nearly $2.4 million in scholarships for future aspiring aviators. Currently, the airline has around 12,000 pilots, and Boeing 787 and 777 Captains at United can earn more than $350,000 annually. The carrier’s pilots also receive a generous 401(k) match – 16 percent of base pay. The United Aviate Academy plans on training around 500 students annually, as part of United’s goal of hiring 10,000 pilots by 2030. The academy’s first class will undergo a year-long training program and graduates can then build flight and leadership experience within the Aviate pilot development system at partner universities, professional flight training organizations and United Express carriers, on their way to becoming mainline United pilots.

United Airlines' United Aviate Academy Welcomes First Class - Courtesy United Airlines

The 340,000 square-foot United Aviate facility at Phoenix Goodyear Airport features a fleet of late model Cirrus SR-20 series single-engine aircraft with advanced safety characteristics, nearly 50,000 square feet of office space, multiple aircraft hangars, and dormitory rooms for student housing. The campus offers favorable weather for year-round flight training, and is also in close proximity to many Phoenix area auxiliary airports.

Source: United Airlines


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