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Flow-through agreement provides direct pathway to American Airlines

MSU Denver: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Envoy Air: Nicolas Brice, Office 972-374-4795

Posted: September 22, 2015

(DENVER) — Envoy Air Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, is collaborating with Metropolitan State University of Denver to offer a direct pathway to employment for qualifying aviation students starting as early as their sophomore year.

“Envoy is proud to work with MSU Denver on our Pilot Pipeline Program, offering students a direct career path to American Airlines, the world’s largest mainline carrier,” said Nicolas Brice, director of pilot recruitment at Envoy Air. “MSU Denver graduates can launch their career with Envoy as instructors, as they gain those final flight hours needed to become an Envoy first officer. Once on board, a new hire is projected to upgrade to captain in only two-and-a-half years, and flow-through to American in just over five years – without having to interview again.”

The agreement addresses future pilot shortages, anticipated to have an increasingly negative impact on the airline industry’s ability to maintain desired flight schedules due to lack of personnel. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) increased the hiring requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines from a Commercial certificate to an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. Consequently, the number of pilots meeting these higher requirements has declined significantly.

 “The program clearly has many advantages, because it will help students build hours as certified flight instructors and provide a clearly defined pathway to airline pilot positions,” said Kevin Kuhlmann, aviation and aerospace science professor and advisor to the program. “Partnerships like this create a mechanism for ongoing feedback from the airline so the University can consistently provide well-trained and capable first officer candidates.”

Unlike other preferred-hiring agreements that focus on students in their senior year, Envoy offers students the opportunity to interview with the airline as early as their sophomore year. The agreement also has a provision that allows pilots to flow from Envoy directly to American Airlines when a position at the major airline becomes available. An estimated 50 percent of American Airlines new pilot hires come from Envoy’s flow-through agreement.

The minimum requirements to begin the interview process include: sophomore status, private pilot certificate and instrument rating. As an added incentive, Envoy offers a $10,000 scholarship upon joining the airline as a first officer and completing a bachelor degree in aviation at a certified pipeline school with minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in aviation courses.

Pilots from Envoy will be on campus to share information about this new agreement with students on Sept. 23-24 at MSU Denver’s World Indoor Airport at 1250 7th St.


About Envoy Air

Envoy Air Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) operating more than 220 aircraft on about 1,300 daily flights to more than 170 destinations. The company’s more than 14,000 employees provide regional flight service to American Airlines under the American Eagle brand and livery and ground handling services for approximately 15 airlines, including American.


About Metropolitan State University of Denver – Aviation and Aerospace Science Department

MSU Denver has one of the largest undergraduate collegiate aviation programs in the country. In 2011, MSU Denver’s Precision Flight Team was awarded the Loening Trophy, the oldest and most prestigious collegiate aviation award given to the most outstanding all-around collegiate aviation program in the country. The department owns and operates the Robert K. Mock World Indoor Airport, one of the nation’s few dedicated collegiate aviation and aerospace computer and flight simulator training laboratories. Department faculty members bring a wealth of diverse aviation and aerospace career experience that benefits students in the classroom and in developing industry connections. For more information, visit


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

For 50 years Metropolitan State University of Denver has transformed the lives of students, served as a courageous leader in higher education and boldly advanced the well-being of metro Denver communities. Throughout its history, the University has been known as a gateway to opportunity through broad access, quality academics and education relevant to the Colorado economy. The yearlong MSU Denver anniversary celebration commemorates the creation in 1965 by the Colorado General Assembly of the state’s first urban higher education institution.

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