How many hours and experience do you need to build to become a pilot for FEDEX or UPS
Those are some of the top jobs in the industry, it takes many years and thousands of flight hours to be able to even apply to them.
Chris, can you tell us some of the qualities that make those jobs with UPS/FedEx so desirable, or more desirable than flying a line with a legacy carrier?
Thank you Chris😁
Up until recently FedEx and UPS were the highest paying Majors in the country (fortunately many of the legacies have caught up or gotten close). One of the things many pilots like about UPS is unlike most airlines their pay is based purely on seniority with no regard to aircraft type. This allows you to fly the planes and the routes you desire without sacrificing pay. Also some pilots simply like the idea of not dealing with pax.
Do they have agreements that allow travel benefits for their pilots?
Their pilots are allowed to jumpseat on their flights or other airline flights, but not family members. Think about it, where would they sit?
Yeah, that’s why I was asking. I wasn’t sure if they had something in place with maybe some of the legacy carriers to provide them and their families with travel perks. To me, being able to get family and friends onto flights for free or at least deeply reduced rates is one of the bigger perks of pursuing a career as an airline pilot.
Thanks for the response!
While they don’t offer travel benefits for families every FedEx, UPS and Atlas pilot I know has literally hundreds of thousands of miles earned deadheading on other airlines and use those for their families.
Very cool. Thanks Adam!
According to airline pilot central. Over the first few years FedEx and UPS make more than a legacy. However at the 12 year level, the legacy make more.
Regarding Standby travel for immediate family and Parents, are the standby tickets only for Economy Class or Business and First also.
And do Pilots get Lounge access.
Technically you’re on standby for First but depending on the airline that’s pretty much a myth and you’ll never see it, or at least not for many many years. It’s all based on seniority and most airlines have thousands of employees who have been there for decades. As for the clubs no employees don’t get access. If you’re a platinum card member or something sure but that’s because of that benefit not your employee status.
Thanks a lot Adam
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