New Incentive Programs at Mesa Airlines


mesaairlinesStarting this month, Mesa Airlines has both rolled out new programs and increased the incentives in several of its successful flight operations initiatives:

$30,000 for New Hire Pilots 

Pilot candidates are now eligible for up to $30,000 in incentive compensation during the first four years of employment as a First Officer.

With pilots at Mesa Airlines currently upgrading within 24 months, we offer the most competitive career progression in the industry. This new pilot recruitment program combined with our rapid advancement resulting from our expansion of highly desirable large regional jets ensures that you are making the correct choice for your future as a Mesa Airlines pilot.

The Pilot Recruitment Program incentives apply only to First Officer compensation.  Having the opportunity to upgrade rapidly to Captain not only increase your earnings, but provides you with valuable Pilot in Command time.

$20,000 Employee Pilot Referral Program

In 2015, Mesa began an employee pilot referral program paying up to $10,000 to its employees for qualified pilot referrals. In less than a year, more than 350 pilots were referred by Mesa employees. Because of the success of the program, beginning November 1, 2016, the company is increasing the referral amount paid to employees to $20,000 paid in four installments.

Perfect Attendance Programs

Effective November 1, 2016, Mesa rolled out two perfect attendance incentive programs for its pilot group.

Perfect Attendance Commuter Program – During the holiday season travel, for every bid period with perfect attendance, Mesa pilots have the opportunity to earn up to 15 commuter hotel nights in a Mesa Airlines domicile. Perfect attendance for all three holiday months will earn an additional incentive of $500 for Captains and $300 for First Officers.

Perfect Attendance Sick Leave Buy Back – The second perfect attendance program at Mesa provides the opportunity to sell Sick Leave time back to the company at a 125 percent premium.

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SOURCEAero Crew News, November 2016
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MESA Airlines
A multiple-time recipient of Air Transport World’s Regional Airline of the Year Award, Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines operates as American Eagle from hubs in Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth and as United Express from Washington Dulles and Houston. Founded on a mesa in New Mexico in 1982 by Larry and Janie Risley, Mesa currently operates 133 large regional jets and more than 620 daily system departures to 100 cities, 44 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico. The company has approximately 2,800 employees and plans to hire an additional 1,000 in the next two years. Visit our website at


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