Instant Upgrades for Captain Qualified Pilots. 
Upgrade in Training, Fly as a Captain

​​​​ Hiring Requirements

  • FAA commercial pilot's license with instrument and multi-engine ratings
  • ATP or R-ATP eligible
  • Minimum 25  hours multi-engine 
  • A current first class FAA medical certificate
  • A current ATP written (company covers cost of ATP-CTP for successful candidates)
  • Current valid passport
  • FCC Radio Operator's Permit
  • Legal right to work in, and travel freely in and out of, the United States 

 Express Hire Program

Current and qualified 121 pilots are not required to interview and will be offered an immediate class date, pending application approval.  To qualify, pilots must have completed training and be online at a 121 airline.​​​


Our seniority reservation program allows new hire pilots to come to training for two days, and then leave for up to 90 days to complete other commitments.  When pilots return to training, they already have up to 90 days of seniority.  Seniority determines everything for pilots, including schedule, base assignment, and upgrade time.  Pilots are more likely to get their preferred base assignment right out of training with three month​s of seniority backing their bid.

Seniority by Base:  First Officers & Captains by Date of Hire

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Pilot Pay

Year One Pilot Pay

​First Officers

​$38.01​/flight hour


​$66.70/flight hour

​Captain Qualified First Officers

​$52.36 when flying as a First Officer
$66.70 when flying as a Captain

Additional Information

  • 75 hour minimum monthly guarantee
  • Paid airport parking
  • 100% cancellation and deadhead pay
  • Hotel allowance for pilots living outside their domicile
  • 150-200% premium pay
  • ATP-CTP course at no cost
  • Per diem at $1.90/hour
  • Opportunity to earn referral and mentor bonuses
  • Leg-by-leg pay protection


Initial flight crew training is conducted at the Trans States Airlines Training Center in St. Louis, MO.  Single occupancy hotel accommodations and transportation to and from our training center are provided for ​the duration of training.

Wondering what to expect during training?  Click here for tips from Trans States Airlines Flight Instruction Manager Paul Epperson.  In this blog article, Paul shares his advice for succeeding at 121 ground school, including how to prepare before you arrive, and what you can expect to cover in class.  ​

 ​Frontier Flow Program

Trans States Airlines pilots now have a direct pathway to the Frontier Airlines flight deck.  This new Pilot Flow Program guarantees participating Trans States pilots a First Officer position with the Denver-based Airbus operator after as little as two years of service with Trans States.

No additional interview with Frontier is required for pilots accepted into the program.  

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • First Officers must complete a minimum of two years active service with Trans States Airlines. Active service starts after completion of IOE.
  • Pilots who have upgraded to Captain must complete a minimum of one year of active service with Trans States Airlines after upgrading.  

To learn more, please contact the Trans States pilot recruiting team at pilothiring@transstates.net.  ​​​