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Southwest Airlines’ Destination 225° Program, N8891Q now wears special markings

Southwest Airlines explains:

What is Destination 225°?

On a compass rose, 225° is the southwest heading, and Destination 225° was developed to lead aspiring pilots to Southwest Airlines. You may have heard that there’s a potential pilot shortage across the industry. With demand for qualified and skilled pilots only increasing, Destination 225° provides several pathways designed to meet future aviators where they are at their current experience level and create opportunities to take them to the right seat of our Southwest aircraft.

  • Destination 225° Cadet Pathway
  • The Destination 225° Cadet pathway is an ab initio—“from the beginning”—program. If you don’t have previous experience as a pilot, this four- to five-year program is for you. Southwest is proud to offer this program in a partnership with CAE, a worldwide leader in training for the civil aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets. Our program partners for the Cadet pathway include XOJET Aviation and Jet Linx.
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  • Destination 225° University Pathway
  • The Destination 225° University pathway is designed for collegiate aviators who attend a Southwest partner university or complete a Southwest Campus Reach Internship. Southwest is working to partner with four universities to offer this transition training: University of Nebraska at Omaha, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, and Arizona State University. Our University pathway corporate flying partners include XOJET Aviation, Jet Linx, and iAero Group’s Swift Air.
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  • Destination 225° Military Pathway
  • This pathway bridges the gap for active military pilots who do not yet meet the minimums to start their career as an airline pilot. If you have transitioned to a staff assignment or are a rotor/powerlift military pilot, this pathway could help you develop the skills and experience for fixed-wing airline operations. Southwest is proud to offer this transition training through a partnership with Bell Murray Aerospace to meet you at your current experience level and help you prepare for your next career. Bell Murray Aerospace, an FAA 142 Training Center, is a company dedicated to exploring training opportunities in all areas of aerospace, including individual pilot training, corporate, and military aviation operations. The corporate partners for the Military pathway are iAero Group’s Swift Air, XOJET Aviation, and Jet Linx.
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  • Destination 225° Employee Pathway
  • At Southwest, we’re known for our incredible Employees. We are proud to offer Employee pathways in a partnership with CAE, a worldwide leader in training for the civil aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets, and US Aviation Academy. Our corporate partners for the Employee pathway are XOJET Aviation, Jet Linx, and iAero Group’s Swift Air. If you’re a Southwest Employee, please see SWALife to learn more.

Why is Southwest Airlines introducing Destination 225°?

Today, we’re fortunate to attract top candidates to fill our Pilot positions at Southwest Airlines; however, we see a potential shortage ahead. There are many contributing factors, from barriers to entry (money, time) to military draw down to heavy retirements hitting the industry in the next decade. Destination 225° will help us reduce our dependency on the open market by creating opportunities for future pilots to be trained on how to fly and, specifically, how to fly the Southwest Way.

Is there a fee to apply to the Destination 225° pathways?

There is no cost to apply; however, candidates advancing through the selection process will be responsible for all costs incurred, including but not limited to:

  • Obtaining a USA DOT/FAA First-Class Medical Certificate
  • Completing an aptitude assessment
  • Travel & accommodations to and from the testing center
  • Costs associated with the testing and interview process (including travel accommodations)

Once selected, participants will be responsible for all associated costs of the program.

What is the anticipated cost to go through Destination 225°?

The cost for each pathway varies.

  • University: Learn more by visiting our university partners’ websites.
  • Cadet:  The price tag for the Cadet pathway is very competitive—less than $100k.
  • Military: The military pathway is designed to meet candidates at their level of experience, so the cost will vary.

Can I use the GI Bill to pay for Destination 225°?

We’re excited that Destination 225° provides avenues for veterans who want to pursue a career as a Southwest Airlines Pilot. Because the pathways vary, we are still determining where the GI Bill might apply.

Can I work while participating in a Destination 225° pathway?

The Destination 225° pathways are full-time commitments and will require 100 percent focus during the training period. Once the initial training stages are complete (approximately 12 months for the Cadet pathway), participants may have their first opportunity to get paid while flying!

I’m a Southwest Employee, but not a Pilot. Can I apply to the Destination 225° program?

Yes! At Southwest Airlines, Employees are encouraged to consider pursuing the career of their dreams, whether on land or in the air. Employee-specific information on Destination 225° is on SWALife >My Life >Career >Destination 225°.

Will I need to relocate for Destination 225°?

Yes … and maybe more than once. For example, the Cadet pathway training is based in Phoenix, and you may need to relocate to a different city while building your flight hours.Each pathway has different requirements, but you should expect to relocate during your time in Destination 225°.

Can I visit the training facility prior to joining Destination 225°?

Facility visits differ for each pathway. As you advance through the interview stage of the selection process, you are welcome to ask more about your particular pathway and possible facility visits.

Do the Destination 225° pathways guarantee a job at Southwest Airlines?

While a job at Southwest Airlines is not guaranteed, Destination 225° was created to equip participants with the skills needed to start their career as a Southwest First Officer and is designed to build a pipeline of talented Pilots for Southwest. Neither acceptance into nor successfully completing the program guarantees employment or re-employment at Southwest Airlines.

Can I fail out of Destination 225°?

Our Destination 225° pathways are designed to set you up for a successful flying career through a rigorous and challenging training program. However, failure to successfully complete any of the requirements or training areas or meet the expectations of Southwest Airlines or its partners may lead to removal from the program.

Pathway-specific questions:

I have previous flight experience; can I still apply to the Cadet pathway?

You can, but the Cadet pathway is designed for someone starting without previous flight experience. Prior flight time does not provide any advantages during the application and selection process or reduce the cost of training.

What if I want to participate in the University pathway, but my university isn’t among your partners?

As we launch this exciting program, we selected these particular university partners for a number of reasons, to include the quality of their program and geography. But we expect our number of university partners to continue to grow!In the meantime, aviators from other university programs are encouraged to apply to our Campus Reach college internships. A successful internship can lead to acceptance into the Destination 225° University pathway, though applicants will still be expected to meet the basic requirements of each program, respectively.

​​​​​​​Becoming a Southwest Pilot:

What are the qualifications and experience required to become a Pilot at Southwest Airlines?

Learn more about the qualifications to become a First Officer at Southwest Airlines at https://careers.southwestair.com/pilots.

I am currently a pilot, and would like to work at Southwest Airlines. Where can I find more information?

Learn more about the Southwest Airlines First Officer position and application process here: https://careers.southwestair.com/pilots.

I have the required flight experience today and have applied to be a Southwest Pilot. Is there still a possibility I’ll get in through the traditional hiring process, or should I apply for a Destination 225° pathway?

Individuals who already meet the qualifications and experience required to become a Pilot at Southwest Airlines should apply through the traditional hiring process. Find more information at https://careers.southwestair.com/pilots.In particular, the Cadet pathway is designed for someone without previous flight experience, so prior flight time does not provide any advantages during the application process or reduce the cost of training.

How are Southwest Airlines First Officers paid?

Our Pilots are guaranteed a certain amount of Trips for Pay each month and are paid for each trip based on the number of years they have been with Southwest and in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Pilots are also paid a per diem based on the amount of time they are away from base.Pilots have “trading privileges,” which allow them to pick-up, trade, and give away their trips at their own discretion.More than just a paycheck, a career at Southwest Airlines comes with several WorkPerks, from Southwest’s legendary Culture to travel privileges for Employees and their eligible dependents. Southwest offers an excellent benefits package, including currently a very generous non-elective 15 percent contribution in the 401(k) plan that vests automatically, subject to certain compensation limits, as well as a ProfitSharing Plan.

Where are the Southwest Pilot domiciles?

Southwest domiciles—also referred to as bases—are where a Pilot’s trip typically begins and ends. Our domicile locations include ATL, BWI, MDW, DAL, DEN, HOU, LAS, LAX, OAK, MCO, and PHX.Southwest Pilots bid on their domiciles. Opportunities in each city are based on demand, and this process takes into account seniority, so not all locations may be available during your initial domicile selection.

Top Photo: Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8891Q (msn 42683) now wears Destination 225° special markings.

First Looks: The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for Jeju Air

Jeju Air will soon take delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

The first MAX 8 for Jeju Air, registered as HL8523, (msn 66538, ln 8993), had it first flight on July 27 from Renton (RTN) to Moses Lake (MWH) and to Boeing Field (BFI) in Seattle.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Flair Airlines leases two new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from SMBC Aviation Capital

Flair Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-GFOF (msn 44302) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 960801.

Flair Airlines has announced it has leased two new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The leases were facilitated by SMBC Aviation Capital, the world’s second largest aircraft leasing company. These Canadian-registered aircraft will enter service and fly Flair’s summer 2023 schedule, which has grown 35% year-over-year. 

One aircraft (C-FBLG) was delivered to Flair Airlines on June 13 and a second aircraft will follow later this summer. The aircraft are delivered new to Flair Airlines from Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

This announcement follows Flair Airlines’ recent announcements related to its operational performance. The airline has committed to releasing monthly operational performance metrics, including completion factor, on-time performance, load factor, passengers and emissions — a Canadian first. In May 2023, Flair Airlines demonstrated a 99.1% completion factor, on-time performance that leads the Canadian airline industry (82.1% of flights arrived within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time), coupled with a load factor of 90%. In May 2023, more than 436,000 passengers experienced Canada’s leading ultra-low cost airline. 

Top Copyright Photo: Flair Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-GFOF (msn 44302) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 960801.

Flair Airlines aircraft photo gallery:

Flair Airlines aircraft photo gallery

Ural Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 VP-BHR (msn 66147) BFI (Brian Worthington). Image: 960773.

Ural Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 VP-BHR (msn 66147) BFI (Brian Worthington). Image: 960773.

Will not be delivered.

Copyright Photo: Ural Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 VP-BHR (msn 66147) BFI (Brian Worthington). Image: 960773.

Qatar Airways Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 A7-BSI (msn 43312) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 960772.

Qatar Airways Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 A7-BSI (msn 43312) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 960772.

Copyright Photo: Qatar Airways Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 A7-BSI (msn 43312) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 960772.

Swoop to be merged into WestJet

Swoop (WestJet) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-GYLP (msn 42844) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 959276.

Swoop, the low-cost brand of WestJet, is going away. As part of the agreement with ALPA, representing the pilots, WestJet agreed to end the Swoop experiment. Swoop will be integrated back into WestJet on October 28, 2023. The brand will be retired and the aircraft will be repainted.

Here is the announcement:

On June 9, 2023, the second collective bargaining agreement between WestJet and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the certified union representing WestJet and Swoop pilots, was ratified. 

The agreement is in effect from January 1, 2023, and will be in place until December 31, 2026.   

As negotiated in the collective agreement, the WestJet Group will now begin integration efforts of its ultra-low-cost airline, Swoop. Through an expedited process, the airline anticipates a full integration into its mainline operations by the end of October. To avoid traveller impact, Swoop will operate its existing network through to the end of its published schedule on October 28. Swoop employees will move to WestJet. 

The WestJet Group is committed to ongoing engagement with valued communities and stakeholders to ensure that the airline continues to provide critical and affordable air travel to communities across Canada. 

Top Copyright Photo: Swoop (WestJet) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-GYLP (msn 42844) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 959276.

Swoop aircraft photo gallery:

Swoop aircraft photo gallery

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