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Encouraging News


Very good news indeed!

I’m about 250 flight hours and 6 months away from my airline minimums. This gives me hope things will be looking even better by the time I get there!


Some context to this announcement: SkyWest sent home roughly 250 folks from training last March. Those employees were on property and have been getting paid since being sent home…although at a reduced rate. The announcement referenced above and subsequent email that went out was to those trainees who were sent home in the middle of their training.

There are additional folks (several hundred??) who received conditional job offers (CJO) and class dates for last year prior to COVID changing the world. All those class dates were cancelled in mid-March and have yet to be rescheduled. Furthermore, for those who had CJOs and class dates (I’m in this group), we have not heard whether or not our class dates will be rescheduled at some point in 2021 alongside those who were sent home. In other words, this announcement is only addressing those who were already on property last March.

This is excited news, yes. Trust me…I want more than anybody for training to resume. But this should not be confused with SkyWest opening hiring, interviewing, and training new folks.


While I appreciate the clarification the post was simply titled “Encouraging News” and that it is. While no new hiring is happening (yet), I guarantee there won’t be until those who started their training are brought in first and that’s what has begun.


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