Southwest Airlines Partners With Four Universities to Train Pilots
Texas-based Southwest Airlines is launching a new program to train qualified and professional pilots, according to a release from the company.
The company announced a partnership with four universities to launch Destination 225°, an innovative career program that will lead and guide aspiring pilots to Southwest Airlines.
Arizona State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, University of Nebraska Omaha, and the University of Oklahoma will provide participants with necessary insight into aviation programs.
“This comprehensive training program is designed to make becoming a Southwest First Officer an attainable goal for passionate, highly-skilled individuals,” said Alan Kasher, Vice President of Flight Operations.
“Pilots in the Destination 225° pathways will receive training customized to Southwest from our partners and will be held to the competitive hiring requirements for future First Officer positions.”
Selected students will receive a Southwest mentor during their years of training and will go through comprehensive training and a continuous evaluation process.
Participants will have a chance to apply for selection as a Southwest First Officer after completion of training.
“Our purpose is to connect people to what’s important in their lives. Therefore, it’s exciting to introduce Destination 225° and provide defined pathways for aspiring aviators who dream of a career at Southwest Airlines,” said Julie Weber, Vice President, and Chief People Officer.
Candidates advancing through a training program and the selection process will be responsible for all costs incurred.