ATP and Frontier Form Hiring Partnership
Denver-based Frontier Airlines is the latest air carrier to launch a pathway program for individuals interested in becoming commercial pilots. As part of a partnership with ATP Flight School, Frontier says ATP graduates will have the opportunity to go directly into the flight deck at the airline.
Through the Frontier Direct Program, ATP says graduates will work as flight instructors at the school until reaching 1,250 to 1,500 hours total flight time, at which point recommended individuals will interview with Frontier Airlines. Selected candidates will then receive a conditional offer of employment and, upon reaching 1,500 hours, attend ATP’s enhanced Certification Training Program (CTP).
“In the Frontier Direct Program, ATP graduates and instructors progress from ATP straight to the flight deck at Frontier after enhanced ATP CTP training that includes additional Airbus A320 full-motion flight simulator experience,” said officials at ATP. “The new partnership offers pilots an accelerated path to a rewarding career with Frontier while providing Frontier access to a high-quality pool of qualified pilot applicants, dedicated future employees, and advocates of the Frontier brand.”
Four ATP graduates have completed the program as a proof of concept. With the addition of Frontier, ATP has formed hiring partnerships with 24 airlines, such as United, Delta, SkyWest and Horizon. The school has 53 training centers across the U.S., including one at Richmond International Airport.