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Thrive Aviation Joins Southwest’s Pilot Pathways Program
The private aviation firm will give potential pilots a direct pathway to the right seat at Southwest.
Thrive Aviation, a Henderson, Nev.-based private aviation services provider, has joined forces with the Southwest Airlines Destination 225 Pilot Pathways Program. This partnership creates a direct pathway for promising pilots to become first officers at Southwest in as little as four years, according to a press release.
Thrive Aviation CEO Curtis Edenfield, a Southwest alumnus, shared his enthusiasm for the collaboration in a press release. “it’s certainly a full circle moment for me,” Edenfield said. “The program catalyzes a new pilot’s aviation career, offering them mentorship, training, and the opportunity to build the needed hours. This partnership is a testament to our shared vision of culture and innovation.”
Named after the southwest heading on a compass rose, the Destination 225 program provides a clear roadmap for aspiring aviators. Through coursework and flight training, cadets earn their commercial pilot’s license.
The program’s second phase focuses on building flight time as certified flight instructors (CFI), preparing cadets for opportunities with participating airlines like Thrive Aviation. By meeting the program’s requirements, cadets can become candidates for new hire first officer positions at Southwest Airlines.
“Southwest is excited to welcome Thrive Aviation to our Destination 225° Pilot Pathways Program as a new partner in our Cadet Pathway,” said Lee Kinnebrew, Vice President of Flight Operations at Southwest. “The program aims to support and inspire pilots interested in joining Southwest as a First Officer, and we look forward to working with cadet candidates as they build flight experience.”
Thrive Aviation joins several other partners in Southwest’s Destination 225 program. In the private aviation space, the Dallas-based carrier also partners with XOJET Aviation and JetLinx.
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