Envoy announced that it will nearly double the starting rate of pay for new hires, to about $38 per hour – effectively starting new hire pilots on Step 3 of the Envoy pilot pay scale. First Officers can earn $58,000 or more in their first year of starting their career at Envoy, including a sign on bonus of $20,000 for pilots hired into Envoy’s legacy fleet (EMB-145 & CRJ-700) or $15,000 for pilots hired into the Embraer EMB-175 aircraft. The pay rates for existing First Officers will also increase during their first three years with the airline.
Envoy introduced a $20,000 First Officer Retention bonus earlier this year for pilots already on payroll. This new compensation package expands that program to include any First Officers currently flying for Envoy who did not already qualify for the bonus – as well as all new hires. Under the expanded program, pilots will receive $2,500 quarterly, following completion of one year of service.
As early as the first quarter of 2017, Envoy will once again have pilots based at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA). We will operate the Embraer 145/140 from LGA to destinations in the U.S. and Canada. This development is great news for many of our pilots who live in the Northeast and for future pilot new hires, who will be able to work closer to their homes and families.
American Airlines is also projecting that it will need 330 pilots from Envoy next year, with a requirement of 90 pilots within the first 90 days. This also is great news for our pilot group as many Captains will be able to fulfill their ambitions to move to American Airlines and for many of our First Officers the opportunity to upgrade to Captain.
October will see a vacancy bid that will open LGA, as well as fill 107 new Captain vacancies throughout the system as needed for American Airlines latest flow-through projections.
“This exciting development is just the latest in a string of great news for Envoy,” said Dee Temples, Senior Vice President Air Operations. “And yet another tangible result of our hard work and dedication to operational excellence.