Posted on: 06 March 2015 by Mark Howells
Mesa Airlines has become the first carrier to invest in pilots through ATP Flight School’s new Tuition Reimbursement Programme, offering ATP’s current instructor group of 200 students a place on the airline’s Tuition Assistance Programme – Mesa TAP – if, on eligibility, the pilots commit to flying for Mesa.
ATP students do have access to loans options to fully finance their flight training programmes, but this agreement will allow for a substantial portion of that payment to be subsidised by the pilot’s future employer – in this case, Mesa Airlines.
“We recognise the huge regulatory and financial burdens for pilots entering the industry today and want to invest in training the next generation of aviators at Mesa Airlines,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa’s chairman and CEO. “With our ongoing growth, extensive upgrade opportunities and long-term codeshare agreements, we believe there has never been a better time to join Mesa.”
Since 2013, Mesa has doubled the size of the airline, creating 900 new jobs. It also has plans to operate 10 more Embraer 175s and seven more Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen aircraft (scheduled for delivery in 2015), growing its fleet to 115 aircraft.