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Allegiant Inks Pilot Pathway Partnership With Berry Aviation

The ULCC will start sourcing new hire pilots from a Texas-based charter operator.

An Allegiant A319 in Las Vegas (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant announced a new partnership with Berry Aviation to expand its pilot recruitment pipeline. Through the “Allegiant Incentive” program, Berry pilots with relevant experience will gain a streamlined path to joining Allegiant’s aviator ranks.

“We see tremendous value in our pilot pathway programs and are excited to expand with Berry Aviation,” said Allegiant President Gregory C. Anderson in a press release. “Our out-and-back business model provides flight crews with a unique balance between work and home life, making Allegiant a desirable airline for pilots at all levels of experience. We believe this partnership fits beautifully in supporting the future growth of our pilot ranks.”

With the partnership, Allegiant gains access to a pool of pre-vetted pilots trained by Berry Aviation. On the other hand, Berry Aviation – a Texas-based Part 135 charter operator – can offer its pilots a clear pathway to transition to a commercial airline career with Allegiant.

Berry Aviation often serves as a career stepping stone for pilots, requiring a minimum of 1,500 flight hours for entry. The partnership creates a smoother transition for qualified Berry pilots to enter Allegiant’s new hire training program, the airline said.

In order to join Allegiant’s ranks, Berry pilots enrolled in the program must be qualified as a Pilot in Command (PIC) for at least 18 months. In addition, they are required to meet certain criteria, including the completion of periodic check rides and working towards ATP-CTP certification.

On Allegiant’s Q4 2023 earnings call, Anderson said the company hired over 100 net new pilots in the back half of 2023. The company and pilots’ union are currently in federal mediation over a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). 

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    Ryan founded AirlineGeeks.com back in February 2013 and has amassed considerable experience in the aviation sector. His work has been featured in several publications and news outlets, including CNN, WJLA, CNET, and Business Insider. During his time in the industry, he's worked in roles pertaining to airport/airline operations while holding a B.S. in Air Transportation Management from Arizona State University along with an MBA. Ryan has experience in several facets of the industry from behind the yoke of a Cessna 172 to interviewing airline industry executives. Ryan works for AirlineGeeks' owner FLYING Media, spearheading coverage in the commercial aviation space.

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