A new signing and retention bonus program will make Trans States Airlines pilots among the highest paid in the regional airline industry, the airline said.
In addition to having a competitive hourly pay scale (USD 36.35 per flight hour), new hire First Officers are now eligible for a USD 30,000 signing and retention bonus, to be paid in three increments over two years of service.
Under an agreement brokered by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), Trans States First Officers already on property will receive USD 10,000 in retention bonuses, and another USD 10,000 in bonuses if the company reaches pilot hiring targets. Current Captains will also receive a retention bonus, as well as an additional bonus if hiring targets are met.
Salary and bonuses alone for a first year First Officer should reach at least USD 55,000. Total pay, per diem, and all benefits can now reach USD 75,000 for a first year First Officer, and USD 82,000 a year for a first year Captain.
Additionally, Trans States pilots can earn USD 1,500 for every successful pilot they refer to the company.
The aforementioned programs are effective immediately.
Trans States serves over 4.5 million passengers a year, with approximately 237 daily flights providing service to over 70 cities in North America. Trans States operates the Embraer 145 on behalf of American Airlines (as American Eagle) and United Airlines (as United Express). Headquartered in St. Louis, Trans States has crew domiciles in Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), St. Louis (STL), Raleigh- Durham (RDU), and Washington D.C.
Trans States Airlines is offering bonuses of up to $30,000 to newly hired pilots, and up to $20,000 to current pilots who stay with the commuter airline.
Trans States, based in Bridgeton, operates as American Eagle and United Express.
Newly hired first officers, often called co-pilots, would receive $30,000 in bonuses, paid in increments over two years. Current first officers will receive $10,000, and another $10,000 if the airline meets its hiring targets.
Salary and bonus should reach at least $55,000 for a first officer, the airline said. First officers are paid $36.35 for every hour spent actually flying a plane.