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RAA 2015: Endeavor providing pilot career path

In the face of the pilot shortage among US regional airlines, Endeavor Air is helping to attract pilots and keep them by offering an annual retention fee through to 2018, after which pilots are helped to progress their careers (should they wish) with the guarantee of an interview with parent company Delta Airlines.

Endeavor Air president Ryan Gumm reported that the airline is contracted to place 144 pilots with Delta this year, followed by 180 next year and 240 in 2017. The company sponsors also pilots through ATP-CTP training, a 7-day course including 10 hours in a simulator and costing around $5,000.

Endeavor currently operates 81 Bombardier CRJ900s (40 of which are NextGens) plus 40 CRJ200s. It serves 103 cities in 37 States and 5 Canadian provinces, with 630-650 flights a day. The company’s 3,700 employees include 1,535 pilots, 1,043 FAs and 810 in technical operations and it has crew bases in Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP), Detroit (DTW), New York John F Kennedy (JFK) and New York La Guardia (LGA).

In the area of customer service, Gumm said the carrier is focused on bringing Delta culture into Endeavor. “We mirror our mainline partner for customer service, but we still have our own culture and have some fun too,” he noted, adding that the carrier is projected to serve more than 10 million passengers in 2015.

Asked about previous plans to retire the CRJ200s, Gumm acknowledged, “When Delta bought us that was the plan, but our team turned the airline around and Delta saw value in them, so we kept them.”

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net
Cleveland, Ohio

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