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First Officers

First Officers
Receive competitive First Officer compensation and start your fast, direct career path from PSA to American Airlines today.
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You Deserve the PSA Difference

The most valuable and stable career path in commercial aviation.

As a PSA pilot, you’ll be part of a growing, close-knit, passionate team flying exclusively for American Airlines. You’ll receive an enhanced compensation package, unparalleled advancement opportunities and benefits few other regionals can match.

  • Up to $60,000 in first-year pay
  • Quick upgrade to captain
  • Little to no reserve time and flexible scheduling options
  • Flow through to American Airlines within 6-7 years
  • Career-boosting opportunities including SIM instructor, Ground Instructor, Recruiter, Union Representative, Pilot Recruiter and Chief Pilot

The Guaranteed Path to American Airlines

You’ll be on a direct career path from PSA to American Airlines as soon as you are hired. 50% of American Airlines’ new-hire pilot classes are filled by flow-through pilots from wholly-owned carriers including PSA.

First Officer

1. First-year pay up to $60k

You don’t have to wait to receive industry-leading compensation. PSA pilots receive first-year pay up to $60,000, access to generous referral bonuses, a commuter allowance and a $20,000 bonus on your one-year anniversary.


2. Upgrade to captain in just under 2 years

Our growing fleet has created consistently quick upgrade times. PSA pilots can advance their careers with opportunities to mentor and train new-hire pilots.

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3. Join American Airlines within 6-7 years

Flow through is your guarantee to becoming a First Officer with the world’s largest airline. “Joining the PSA team will give you the training and experience you’ll need to join American,” Robert Isom, President, American Airlines.

The Best Pilots Deserve the Best Compensation

  • Paid ATP-CTP course
  • More than $21,000 in sign-on bonuses for qualified pilots
  • $20,000 bonus on your one-year anniversary
  • $5,000 referral bonus (unlimited)
  • $3,000 annual commuter allowance
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This is the start of a career you can be proud of from day one.

Robert Isom, President of American Airlines

Crew Bases

Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Professional sports teams and NASCAR
  • World-class museums
  • Easy flights from most of the east coast
Dayton, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
  • Birthplace of aviation
  • Home of USAF Museum 
  • Thriving arts community and diverse culture 
  • Metro parks offering, biking, kayaking and camping
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Two major sports teams
  • Amusement parks
  • Largest Oktoberfest in the U.S.
Knoxville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
  • College sports town
  • Outdoor lifestyle
Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
  • Nation’s Capital
  • Museums rich in history and political significance
Norfolk, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
  • Located minutes from Virginia Beach
  • Home of the world’s largest naval station
  • Thriving arts community and diverse culture
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • City rich in history and political significance
  • Home to Independence Hall
  • Birthplace of the Philly Cheese Steak
  • Professional sports teams
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  • Comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision and 401(k)
  • Travel privileges for you, your family and friends on American Airlines
  • American Airlines Group (AAG) profit sharing
  • 12-23% discount on subscription to Coradine LogTen Pro X pilot logbook

Check Your Qualifications

You've worked hard to prepare to be a First Officer. See how close you are and apply.

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Rapid Upgrade For Qualified First Officers

Candidates with 1,000 121 hours may qualify to rapidly upgrade to Captain and receive top-notch benefits. Enhanced incentive bonus up to $41,520 including:

  • $20,000 prior to starting their career with PSA
  • $16,520 sign-on bonus 
  • $5,000 CRJ experience bonus

For detailed requirements and to determine your eligibility, please contact our recruiting team.

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