CQFO Hiring Requirements

Instant Upgrades for Pilots Meeting 121 Captain Minimums

Immediate Class Dates Available

$50,000 Signing Bonus in Year One


Here's how it works:

1.  Start training as a Captain Qualified First Officer and earn CQFO pay during training

2.  Upgrade in training and go through Captain IOE

3.  Bid a Captain line and earn Captain pay after passing IOE

  CQFO Qualifications

  • 1,750 hours total time
  • 1,000 hours multi-engine time
  • 1,000 FAR Part 121 time (Time can be a combination of Part 121 and Part 135 time.  Time for this qualification is considered on a case-by-case basis.)

CQFO Pay

In addition to the below hourly rates, CQFOs are eligible to earn a $50,000 signing bonus during their first year of employment paid on the following schedule:

  • $20,000 during training (first paycheck)
  • $10,000 upon completion of IOE
  • $20,000 after one year of service

Year One CQFO Pay​ ​

​When Flying as a First Officer (training pay)

$52.36/Flight Hour (75 hour minimum monthly guarantee during training)

​​When Flying as a Captain

​ $66.70​​/Flight Hour


Captain Reserve & Seniority

New hire Captains can expect minimal reserve time.  Some new hire Captains will hold a line immediately upon completion of IOE. 

Most Junior Captains by Date of Hire​ ​

​ORD

​10/2/2017

​DEN

​4/15/2019

​STL

​5/15/2017