Southern Airways Soars to Near-Perfect Reliability, High Passenger Satisfaction Ratings

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Southern Airways, a commuter airline operating in the mid-Atlantic states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia and the Gulf States of Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, and Florida has experienced tremendous growth over the last 12 months. Thanks to a late 2017 surge in pilot recruitment, the airline has experienced record completion percentages in the last quarter. This operational improvement, that has pushed Southern to become one of the most respected commuter airlines in the country, is the result of a calculated pilot recruitment strategy that has on-boarded over 70new pilots over the last year.

“Our pilot recruitment strategy is precedent-setting in the industry,” said Stan Little, Southern Airways Chairman and CEO.  “Every pilot looking to work in the commuter airline industry will be looking for a package similar to what we offer.”

Southern’s strategy is broken into two career paths: one for experienced captains looking for long-term job security and one for first officers seeking to build hours in order to flow to a major carrier.

The captain position is geared to career-driven, professional pilots with over 1200 hours who are looking for quality-of-life benefits such as a Dz4-on, 4-offdz work rotation; a schedule that returns the pilot to his or her base each night; and a salary that can be supplemented by up to 55-hours per month of available productivity pay.

In addition, career advancement opportunities for captains who demonstrate superior skill sets can include the ability to become company check-airmen, instructors, and line-check airmen, as well as regional pilot leadership positions that work directly with the chief pilot and directors of safety and security.

All members of the Southern Airways family, including pilots, are eligible to participate in MyID Travel and ID90. These programs offer employees of sponsoring airlines extremely discounted fares for not only their personal leisure travel, but

also travel for their spouses, children, and parents. These discounts are for both domestic and international flights as well as discounts on cruises, hotel stays, theme park admission, and much more.  Southern also participates in CASS, which allows for jump-seat privileges on many U.S. carriers.

For potential candidates looking for more information about a career with Southern Airways, contact pilot recruiter Julie Puckhaber to inquire about the interview and hiring process. Southern currently has multiple new-hire classes scheduled for the spring and early summer, but space is limited, and slots will be offered to the best candidates. Julie can be reached by email at or by calling (561) 445-5799. ACN

SOURCEAero Crew News, March 2018
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Southern Airways Express is a Mississippi-based airline, offering scheduled regional air service to over twenty cities in the Gulf and Mid-Atlantic regions. Southern operates a fleet of two dozen aircraft, including the Cessna Caravan and Grand Caravan, as well as the Piper Chieftain. Founded in 2013, Southern has experienced tremendous growth based on our commitment to the individual passenger, which is recognized in our company mantra of “Every Passenger, Every Day, Every Flight.” This mantra has encapsulated our thinking and our core values since Day One. When we started Southern Airways, it was literally an idea on the back of a cocktail napkin. More than that first sketch of a route map, though, it was the idea that people will notice and consistently choose an airline that actually cares about their happiness. And in that first year of operating two (nine-seat) planes, we had to make sure that every one of those eighteen daily passengers left happy! Now, four years later, Southern Airways Corporation owns two FAA Operating Certificates (a scheduled Part 135 and an on-demand Part 135). We’ve grown the fleet from two planes to twenty-four, and we’re flying more than 100 daily departures. Nevertheless, all of us at Southern remain ever-mindful of those first days of the airline— we know we must take care of “Every Passenger, Every Day, on Every Flight.” Whether you’re flying from one of our twenty-two cities or you’re hoping to become a member of the Southern Airways family as a pilot or team member, we look forward to welcoming you aboard.


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