Alaska Airlines has announced that a window is open for pilots to apply to work for the airline. The window closes August 5th, 2019.

It is common for major airlines to accept pilot applicants only during limited time periods. They then choose pilot applicants to interview for up to several months after the window closes.

To apply to work as a first officer for Alaska Airlines the airline has stated the following minimum qualifications:

  • A current First Class FAA medical certificate
  • An FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate
  • High School diploma or equivalency required with Graduation from an accredited four-year college preferred
  • Must possess a valid passport
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Internet email functions
  • At least 23 years old

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Required flight experience to apply to Alaska Airlines pilot position:

  • A minimum of 2,000 hours total flight time in a fixed wing aircraft or 1,200 hours total flight time in a high performance military aircraft
  • Minimum of 50 hours of flight time within the last 12 months
  • 1,000 hours multi-engine turbine Pilot-in-Command (PIC) is preferred

Summary of Alaska Airlines Pilot Job

Alaska Airlines Pilot Hourly Rate

Year B737 (CA) B737 (FO) A320 (CA) A320 (FO)
12 259 174 251 168
11 253 170 245 164
10 249 168 242 162
9 242 163 235 158
8 237 159 230 154
7 232 156 225 151
6 230 154 222 149
5 227 152 220 147
4 225 149 218 144
3 223 138 216 134
2 221 126 214 122
1 219 90 212 87

Alaska Airlines Airbus A321
Monthly guarantee: 75 hours
Reserve guarantee (long call): 75 hours
Reserve guarantee (short call): 79 hours
Captain Upgrade: 6 years

Pilot Retirement Plan

Alaska Airlines has a 401K retirement plan for new hires with the company contributing 13.5% of the pilot’s salary. This contribution is not a match, it is paid into the pilot’s retirement plan whether they contribute or not.

Alaska Airlines Pilot Bases

  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport – ANC
  • Los Angeles International Airport – LAX
  • Portland International Airport – PDX
  • Seattle–Tacoma International Airport – SEA
  • San Francisco International Airport – SFO

Alaska Airlines Fleet

Alaska airlines operates 156 Boeing 737s, mixed between -700/-800/-900/-900ER/-700F and Max 9 variants. The airline also has 71 airplanes in the Airbus A320 family from their acquisition of Virgin America. The airline has 39 737s on order and 32 A320 variants on order. Orders in the A320 family might be cancelled. Between the Alaska Airlines and Virgin America pilot groups the airline employees 2,794 pilots.

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About Greg Thomson

Greg started his professional pilot journey in 2002 after graduating from Embry Riddle. Since that time he has accumulated close to 8,000 hours working as a pilot. Greg’s professional experience includes flight instructing, animal tracking, backcountry flying, forest firefighting, passenger charter, part 135 cargo, flying for a regional airline, and working as a manager in charge of a part 135 and part 121 training programs. Greg took a 5 year hiatus from flying and worked in software development and marketing. He has returned to flying and works for a major airline. Greg enjoys educating and helping pilots improve their professional lives and is passionate about applying technology and new methods to help with traditional challenges.