Frequently Asked Questions
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Our first officer application window opens 2–3 weeks each year. Create a profile on our JetBlue Careers portal to be notified of when the application window opens.
- Once the application window is open, review the job description to be sure that you meet the minimum first officer qualifications.
- Submit your online application.
- 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.
- If selected, candidates must pass a background screening before receiving a formal job offer.
- Once cleared, new first officers are scheduled to attend orientation and training at JetBlue University in Orlando!
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).
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.
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.
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
- 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
Contact your university's career services office to get started.
Candidates are selected by review of application and an interview. If selected, these students will be entered into JetBlue’s University Gateway Program.
Once in the Program you will be assigned a mentor that will guide you throughout the process and help you to reach your goal of becoming a JetBlue pilot.
You will be required to successfully complete a number of programs and activities to complete the Program, including an internship, flight instruction and time at a regional airline. Your mentor will help guide you through each step of the process.
The Program spans seven years. During this time, the student will graduate from the AABI Accredited University, become a Certified Flight Instructor at the student’s university, fly as a Captain for Cape Air or Express Jet to gain flight time and valuable pilot in command experience and then concludes with a guaranteed interview with JetBlue.
While not a guarantee of a job as a pilot at JetBlue, most students chosen for entry into the University Gateway Program should successfully pass all phases of the Program and will be strong candidates for selection as a JetBlue pilot.
It is an innovative JetBlue program, which trains aspiring pilots for a career at JetBlue.
The Program offers the unique opportunity to complete all phases of pilot training 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 an E190 First Officer position at JetBlue is made at the beginning of the Program contingent on the successful completion of the Program.
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
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.
While a degree is not required to apply for the Program, a 4-year degree is a preferred qualification.
The Program takes approximately 4 years to complete.
There is no application fee. However, for those that progress to the second phase of the process which includes an assessment, there is a $200 fee that covers the cost of the assessment.
We will open the application window for the first class in March 2016 and training will begin later in 2016.
After all applications are reviewed, qualified and competitive applicants will be moved to the second phase of the process, the assessment test.
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.
We will select 24 candidates from the initial applicant pool.
Yes, however the Program is specifically designed to train candidates with no flight experience.
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.
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.
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.
The only maximum age is the one governed by federal statute. [The FAA requires pilots to be under the age of 65 to fly for an air carrier operated under FAR 121 (such as JetBlue)], and this Program takes four years to complete.
The cost of the Program is approximately $125,000. Payment is due in phases.
The cost of the Program will be spread out over the first ~15 months, paid in installments at the beginning of each training phase. For the remaining of the four years, Trainees will be salaried employees of our partner, CAE.
The Gateway Select training conducted with our business partner, CAE, is carried out under FAR Part 61. The VA requires a Part 141 training program in order to approve funding through the GI Bill. Thus, the GI Bill cannot be used to fund this training program.
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 provided only during the Foundation Course, which takes place over the first four weeks of training.
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 approximate four year Program. We expect to use four separate start dates that span an approximate 12-month period. Although you will have the ability to provide your preference, training commencement will ultimately be a matter of JetBlue’s availability.
We would be happy to provide accepted cadets with a site visit at either the CAE facility near Phoenix, AZ or the JetBlue facility in Orlando, FL upon request.
Each cadet will receive one uniform provided by CAE.
All training will be completed at the CAE facility near Phoenix, AZ, and in Orlando, FL. No other training locations are available.
Yes. This program is a full-time commitment.
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.
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.
Review the full sequence of training summary: Gateway Select: Phases of Training
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 15 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 upgrade course to achieve their CFI (instructor) qualifications and ratings. Each will then begin to instruct while accumulating 1,500-hours of flight time, the ATP license requirement. This brings the cadet through to approximately months 40-48 of training.
- 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.
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 License, to include 1,500 hours of total flight time.
No. Trainees who successfully complete the Program will receive an unrestricted ATP license.
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 eight installments. If you are not successful in completing training, you are not required to make any further payments, and any milestones or licenses 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.
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No. This program is intended for JetBlue crewmembers only.
- A FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings
- First Class Medical Eligibility
- A valid U.S. Passport
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.
Crewmembers wishing to use the Transfer Gateway must complete the same review and interview process of any qualified pilot applicant.
No. Only crewmembers in a position which justifies the dual role are eligible for this Gateway.
Most often, candidates for this program come from positions including JetBlue University, Flight Operations Leaders and Safety Leaders (among others).
Please have a conversation with your crewleader to determine if you may be eligible for this Gateway.
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 2 years employment at JetBlue and the applicant must be a crewmember in good standing
- Prior to resigning, the crewmember must present their flight training plan in front of delegates of the JetBlue Pilot Hiring Committee
Crewmembers who choose to use the Transition Gateway must fully resign from their current JetBlue position to become a pilot with the guarantee of an interview once ready. Employment as a JetBlue pilot is not guaranteed.
The major benefit of the Gateway is that candidates will be guaranteed a JetBlue interview once predetermined flight time and requirements are met.
You have up to five years to complete your eligibility requirements.
Mentors for the Transition Gateway will be current JetBlue pilots who are a Transition Gateway graduate.