United Plans for Half of Pilots in Training Program to Be Women and Minorities

United Plans for Half of Pilots in Training Program to Be Women and Minorities


United Airlines announced Tuesday it is accepting applications as it plans to train 5,000 pilots by 2030, “at least half of them women and people of color.”

“Backed by scholarship commitments from United Airlines and JPMorgan Chase, United Aviate Academy will create opportunities for thousands of students, including women and people of color to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot, one of the most lucrative careers in the industry,” the company’s press release read.

The airline’s flight deck “should reflect the diverse group of people on board our planes every day,” United said in a tweet along with a video advertising the academy:

Our flight deck should reflect the diverse group of people on board our planes every day. That’s why we plan for 50% of the 5,000 pilots we train in the next decade to be women or people of color. Learn more and apply

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