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General Questions

I'm a pilot and would like to apply at JetBlue. Tell me about the process. Show details

Our first officer application window opens 2–3 weeks each year. Create a profile on our JetBlue Careers portal , link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as JetBlue to be notified of when the application window opens.

  1. Once the application window is open, review the job description to be sure that you meet the minimum first officer qualifications.
  2. Submit your online application.
  3. Participate in a phone interview. If that goes well, you will be invited to attend an interview to learn more about our JetBlue culture, and share your aviation skills and experiences.
  4. If selected, candidates must pass a background screening before receiving a formal job offer.
  5. Once cleared, new first officers are scheduled to attend orientation and training at JetBlue University in Orlando!
Where in your network are pilot jobs located? Show details

Once hired, first officers are assigned (and must either relocate or commute) to one of five bases: BOS (Boston), FLL (Fort Lauderdale), JFK (New York), LGB (Long Beach) or MCO (Orlando).

I'm a JetBlue pilot and I'd like to offer a reference to a fellow pilot applying to the company. How do I do it? Show details

If you would like to refer a candidate, please provide them with a written letter prior to the submission of their application. The letter can be uploaded and attached to their application when they apply, as we do consider referrals in the selection process.

I’ve applied before but haven’t been invited to an interview. Should I apply again in the future or will you keep my resume on file? Show details

JetBlue receives a large volume of applications during the application period. If you have applied before and are interested in a position at JetBlue, please resubmit during future application periods so that you remain current in the process. When you resubmit these items you can be assured that we are looking at your most recent and most competitive resume.

What are JetBlue's minimum experience and qualifications for pilot hiring? Show details

For a complete list of qualifications, please review the qualifications during the application process. Some of the qualifications include:

  • 1500 hours total time in airplanes (including turbine Helicopter, excluding Simulator, Flight Engineer)
  • 500 hours in fixed wing airplanes
  • Recency of flight experience will be considered
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certification
  • Current FAA Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Ability to obtain a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Radio License
  • Valid Passport with the ability to travel in and out of the United States
  • Three reference letters from Pilots who can personally attest to the candidate’s flying skills (must bring originals to interview)
  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) Diploma
What are JetBlue's preferred qualifications for pilot hiring? Show details
  • Greater than 1,000 hours turbine PIC
  • Greater than 1,000 hours in more sophisticated aircraft utilizing Electronic Flight Instrument Systems (EFIS), Flight Management Systems (FMS)
  • Recency of experience (Greater than 200 hours within the last 12 months)
  • Bachelor’s Degree

University Gateway Program

Who do I speak with to apply? Show details

Contact your university's career services office to get started. You may also send an email to

How are students selected to enter the University Gateway Program? Show details

Candidates are selected by review of application and an interview. If selected, these students will be entered into JetBlue’s University Gateway Program.

Who can I turn to if I have questions or need help during the Program? Show details

Once in the Program you will be assigned a JetBlue pilot mentor who will guide you throughout the process and help you to reach your goal of becoming a JetBlue pilot. You can also contact the program manager at

What types of things do I need to accomplish in the University Gateway Program? Show details

You will be required to successfully complete a number of programs and activities to complete the program, including flight instruction at your own school and time at Cape Air, JetSuiteX or a Part 121 regional airline. The Gateway Program manager and your mentor will help guide you through each step of the process.

How long is the University Gateway Program and what happens during each stage of the Program? Show details

The Program spans 4-6 years. During this time, the student will graduate from the AABI Accredited University, become a Certified Flight Instructor at the student’s university, and then complete the time-building requirements at Cape Air, JetSuiteX or a Part 121 regional airline.

Am I guaranteed a job at JetBlue if I enroll in the University Gateway Program? Show details

Students who are selected for University Gateway will earn a conditional job offer for a position as a first officer at JetBlue. The pilot must then complete certain requirements in order for that job offer to remain valid. These include the program requirements as well as successfully passing a criminal background check, drug test and the PRIA review. As long as all requirements are met, the student will come to JetBlue as a first officer at the completion of the program.


Gateway Select

What is Gateway Select? Show details

It is an innovative JetBlue program, which trains aspiring pilots for a career at JetBlue.

Why is the Program different from other pilot training programs? Show details

Gateway Select offers the unique opportunity to complete all phases of primary pilot training in connection with JetBlue. Having looked at some of the best commercial and military pilot training programs in the world, we are pleased to offer JetBlue’s Program participants the chance to learn how to fly complex aircraft using JetBlue standards from the beginning. This allows for a more seamless transition to a JetBlue First Officer position once all mandated requirements are met. In fact, the offer of a first officer position at JetBlue is made upon selection to Gateway Select, contingent on the successful completion of the Program.



Who can apply for the Program? Show details

We encourage candidates to apply who meet the minimum requirements, are passionate about flying for JetBlue, and who embody the JetBlue values of Safety, Caring, Integrity, Passion, and Fun.

Review the Gateway Select Eligibility Requirements

I am a citizen of a country outside of the United States. Am I eligible to apply? Show details

The intent of the Gateway Select Program is to place successful candidates in First Officer positions with JetBlue. Under current U.S. law, there are no appropriate employment-based visa categories that would permit JetBlue to offer immigration-related sponsorship for this position.

Is a college degree required to apply for Gateway Select? Show details

A college degree is not required to apply for the Program. A high school diploma or GED is the only educational requirement.

How long does it take to complete Gateway Select? Show details

The Program takes approximately 3 1/2 years to complete.

Is there a fee to apply to Gateway Select? Show details

There is no application fee. However, for those that progress to the second phase of the process which includes an assessment, there is a $160 fee that covers the cost of the assessment.

When can I submit an application and when will training start? Show details

The application window will be open from August 23, 2019 to September 20, 2019. Plesae go to the home page for Gateway Select for details on applying as well as to find the link for the application. Training for candidates selected from this window will begin in 2020.

Will I get to see my assessment results? Show details

While detailed results are not released, candidates who complete the assessment will be notified whether or not they will move forward in the application process.

How many applicants will be accepted into the Program? Show details

We are recruiting 48 trainees per year to fill our classes which begin in February, June and October each year.



Can pilots with flight experience apply to join Gateway Select? Show details

Yes, however the Program is specifically designed to train candidates with no flight experience.

I already have a PPL (or other certifications or instrument ratings). Can I skip some of the training, and thus reduce my cost of training? Show details

All are welcome to apply for the Program, regardless of previous flight experience. However, all Trainees are required to start from the beginning of training, with no waivers for any modules. Thus, all Trainees must complete all modules, including training to obtain a PPL, as well as program-specific instrument ratings.

Do I need to be a certain age to be considered for Gateway Select? Show details

Applicants must be 23 years old in order to obtain an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) License, which is required of pilots at carriers like JetBlue. Accordingly, candidates must be at least 19 when they start the approximate four year Program; this way they will reach the FAA mandated age of 23 by the time they are ready to be tested for the ATP.

Is age 23 the minimum age or the maximum age for the end of the Program? Show details

The minimum age to apply for the Program is 19. This is because in order for a pilot to obtain an ATP license, which is required to fly for JetBlue, the FAA requires the pilot be at least 23.

What is the maximum age for acceptance into the Program? Show details

The FAA requires pilots to be under the age of 65 to fly for an air carrier operated under FAR 121 (such as JetBlue). This Program takes four years to complete.



How do I pay for Gateway Select? Show details

The cost of the Program is approximately $110,000. Payment is due in phases.

Wells Fargo and US Credit are two lenders that we have identified that may be of interest to you as a potential candidate. Both lenders are able to provide funding for the full cost of the program, depending on eligibility. To see if you qualify for Wells Fargo financing, please apply via this link.

When are payments for the Program made? Show details

The cost of the Program will be spread out over the first ~12 months, paid in installments at the beginning of each training phase. When trainees become flight instructors, they will be salaried employees of our partner, CAE.

Can my GI Bill be applied to funding this Program? Show details

We are in the process of trying to get the program approved for GI Bill funding. Check back here for more information as it becomes available.

What all does the cost of training include? Show details

Your tuition and fees cover all training events and necessary supplies (iPad, flight manuals, etc.). Lodging and transportation are provided for the entirety of your training. Food is included in the cost of the Foundation Course and Airline Preparation Course, which take place at JetBlue University. An optional food stipend can be included as part of the program cost and can be utilized during the portion of training at CAE.



What happens after I am selected for the Gateway Select Program? Show details

When you are selected for the Gateway Select Program, you will be offered a contract with CAE, our training business partner. Additionally, JetBlue will extend to you a conditional offer of employment valid upon successful completion of the full length of the Program. We expect to offer three separate start dates in 2019 – February 2019, June 2019 and October 2019 (subject to change, with notice). Although you will have the ability to provide your preference, training commencement will ultimately be a matter of JetBlue’s availability.

Am I able to visit the campus prior to joining the Program? Show details

We would be happy to help coordinate a visit at either the CAE facility near Phoenix, AZ or the JetBlue facility in Orlando, FL for accepted candidates upon request.

Do I need to buy a uniform for training? Show details

Each cadet will receive one uniform provided by CAE.

Are there other training facility locations around the country? Show details

All training will be completed at the CAE facility near Phoenix, AZ, and in Orlando, FL. No other training locations are available.

Do I have to relocate for this program? Show details

Yes. This program is a full-time commitment.

Where do I go if I have questions or need help once I’m in training? Show details

The CAE staff and instructors and JetBlue crewmembers and instructors will be available to you. We will also assign you a mentor who can assist you at any time.

What if I need additional training? Show details

Your training contract with CAE will stipulate that first-attempt check-rides are included with your tuition, as is 3-percent remediation. What this means is that for every 100 training flight hours, three additional flight hours, if needed, are covered by your fees. Any training required above and beyond that is your financial responsibility.

What are the phases of the training Program? Show details

Similar to what some international carriers and military training programs offer, the Gateway Select participants will learn how to fly complex aircraft using JetBlue standards from the beginning.

  • The Gateway Select Program starts with approximately 12 months of classroom instruction, advanced simulation and flight training to cover fundamental competencies: basic flying skills, crew resource management, multi-engine training, multi-crew training, threat and error management, instrument training, severe weather, and non-normal procedures.
  • Participants will attend an instructor course to achieve their CFI/CFII (instructor) qualifications and ratings. Each will then begin to instruct while accumulating 1,500-hours of flight time, the ATP certificate requirement.
  • Following that, and assuming successful completion of all Program requirements, participants will become new hire pilots at JetBlue, where they will go through the same orientation and instruction that all new hire pilots complete.
Do Gateway Select candidates meet all required FAA regulatory requirements prior to graduation? Show details

Before the first day of employment as a pilot with JetBlue, Gateway Select candidates will meet all of the FAA's regulatory requirements for an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, to include 1,500 hours of total flight time.

Will the graduates receive a restricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate? Show details

No. Trainees who successfully complete the Program will receive an unrestricted ATP certificate.

Can I fail out of the Program? Show details

Yes, you can. Also, to remain in the Program, you must continue to meet original eligibility requirements to have a valid passport and a current FAA Class 1 medical certificate. Tuition for Gateway Select is paid in installments. If you are not successful in completing training, you are not required to make any further payments, and any milestones or certificates you’ve earned along the way are yours to keep. However, you will not receive reimbursement for payments made up until the time you exit the program.

Do you have more questions that are not answered here? Show details

Please send your questions to and we will answer as soon as we can!


Transfer Gateway

Can crewmembers from other airlines use the Transfer Gateway? Show details

No. This program is intended for JetBlue crewmembers only.

What type of credentials must I possess to use the Transfer Gateway? Show details
  • A FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings
  • First Class Medical Eligibility
  • A valid U.S. Passport
How do I express interest in the Transfer Gateway? Show details

You must be a JetBlue crewmember for a minimum of one year to be considered for the Gateway. You must receive the endorsement of your crewleader, the System Chief Pilot and the Director of Talent Acquisition to begin the process.

If I meet the minimum qualifications, am I guaranteed a transfer? Show details

Crewmembers wishing to use the Transfer Gateway must complete the same review and interview process of any qualified pilot applicant.


Instructor Gateway

Are all JetBlue crewmembers eligible for the Instructor Gateway? Show details

No. Only crewmembers in a position which justifies the dual role are eligible for this Gateway.

What are some examples of positions where the Instructor Gateway might be the right fit? Show details

Most often, candidates for this program come from positions including JetBlue University, Flight Operations Leaders and Safety Leaders (among others).

How can I determine if my current role might be eligible for the Instructor Gateway? Show details

Please have a conversation with your crewleader to determine if you may be eligible for this Gateway.


Transition Program

What do I need to do to enter the Transition Gateway? Show details

Start by sending an email to Transition Gateway to express your interest. You will be contacted with more details at that point.

Do I need to already have flying experience to be considered for this Gateway? Show details

To be considered for entry in to the Transition Gateway, you must have:

  • First Class Medical
  • A valid U.S. Passport
  • The VP of the crewmember’s current department must approve program entry
  • A minimum of one year of employment at JetBlue and the applicant must be a crewmember in good standing
  • Prior to resigning, the crewmember must have their flight training plan approved by the Pilot Gateway Program Team.
What happens to my current JetBlue standing when using the Transition Gateway? Show details

Crewmembers who are selected for Transition Gateway will be given a conditional job offer for a JetBlue first officer position, provided they meet all program requirements. Part of those requirements are that the candidate build time at another airline to meet the number of hours of total time required of the program. This will necessitate the candidate fully resigning from their current JetBlue position .

What is the benefit of using the Transition Gateway when resigning to pursue a pilot career? Show details

The major benefit of Transition Gateway is that candidates will be given a conditional job offer to be a JetBlue first officer once the program requirements are met.

Who will my mentor be? Show details

Mentors for the Transition Gateway will be current JetBlue pilots who are a Transition Gateway graduate.