Release #: XJT-ASA 17.01
August 30, 2017

ExpressJet Pilot Leaders Approve Agreement for Industry Experience Credit

WASHINGTON, D.C.—ExpressJet pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), reached a tentative agreement with airline management this week on a new program that will allow current ExpressJet pilots (Atlantic Southeast Airlines pilots and legacy ExpressJet pilots) and new-hire applicants with similar experience at other carriers to count previous years of service toward their total longevity at ExpressJet Airlines.

“This agreement recognizes the vast professional experience that pilots bring to ExpressJet Airlines and allows them to transfer up to 10 years of industry experience they obtained at previous carriers,” said Capt. Dave Allen, chairman of ExpressJet ALPA.

“We anticipate this agreement will encourage prospective pilots to apply at ExpressJet,” said Capt. Chromer Smith, chairman of Atlantic Southeast Airlines ALPA (SkyWest Inc., the parent company of ASA, purchased ExpressJet Airlines in 2010).

Highlights of the program include:

  • Pilots will be able to count up to 10 years of previous experience at Federal Aviation Regulation Part 121 carriers for purposes of hourly pay according to the specific equipment and status.
  • This previous experience will be counted toward benefits such as the 401(k) match, defined contributions, and vacation accrual. Applicants must have parted from their prior employer in good standing and have at least one year of equivalent experience in order to qualify.
  • Current ExpressJet/Atlantic Southeast pilots who have previously separated in good standing from a Part 121 carrier will receive the benefits of this agreement upon date of signing.

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