Gateway Select

Gateway Select is an innovative talent pathway for those seeking to become pilots at JetBlue. This particular Gateway Program will allow an applicant, if successful, to learn with us from the beginning and become a JetBlue pilot after completing a rigorous training program.

This unique, accessible and cost effective JetBlue Pilot Gateway Program will take a more competency-based approach to becoming a professional pilot. The Program will optimize the training of prospective airline pilots by offering early exposure to multi-crew/multi-engine operations, full motion simulator training, crew resource management, and threat and error management. Once meeting all program requirements, including the FAA's 1,500 flight-hour requirement, pilots will become a new hire at JetBlue. At that time, graduates will go through the same orientation and six-week instruction that all E190 first officers complete.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
  • Must be 23 years old by the completion of the approximate 4-year program.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED. 
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a First-Class Medical Certificate.
  • Able to obtain a valid passport with the ability to travel in and out of the United States by the end of training.
  • Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English.

How It Works

If accepted into the program, students follow a multi-phase training sequence over the course of four years. 

  1. Phase I: Core Academics + Core Flying Skills
  2. Phase II: Basic Flying Skills
  3. Private Pilot’s License (PPL) Module
  4. Phase III: Intermediate Training
  5. Phase IV: Advanced Training
  6. Abridge Course
  7. Employment with CAE
  8. New Hire Training as a JetBlue First Officer


Gateway Select has been designed to bring more predictability and a lower overall cost to aspiring pilots.

The cost of Gateway Select is approximately $125,000, payable in installments over the course of roughly 15 months. We are currently exploring multiple options for financial assistance to help alleviate monetary barriers to this program. Check back in the near future for more details.

Wells Fargo is a lender that we have identified that may be of interest to you as a potential candidate. Wells Fargo is able to provide financing for up to $80,000 of the program costs, depending on eligibility. To see if you qualify for this financing, please apply via this link.


How to Apply

  1. Submit an application during the designated period beginning in late 2018.
  2. If you are selected to move forward, you will receive an invitation to take an assessment. The assessment fee is $160 and covers the cost of the administration of the assessment and processing fees for the testing facility. This fee is non-refundable if the assessment is taken, or 48 hours cancellation notice is not given to the testing facility.
  3. Take the online assessment at one of the nation-wide testing facilities. International testing is not available for this program.
  4. If you are selected to move forward based on your assessment results, you will be invited to meet with the JetBlue team for a series of interviews, then further testing.