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Skyykingg
04-10-2018, 09:43 AM
Does American or any other major have an age cut off for new hires? Iíll be around 51yrs old when I start applying to the majors. Am I foolish to believe I have a chance of getting hired with a major?


Itsajob
04-10-2018, 09:56 AM
65 is the cutoff. Seriously though, the majors seem to be spreading out the age of new pilots. In the past they hired in waves and hired the same cookie cutter type pilots. Now those pilots are retiring in big waves and causing staffing problems. The majority will probably fall into the usual 30-45 year group, but they seem to be hiring all ages to try to spread out future retirements. Just try to guess what your career path would be at a given airline. If itís worth it then throw your name in the hat and hope for the best.

TransWorld
04-10-2018, 12:02 PM
I have seen from age 23 to age 62. At age 51 you might be the oldest in your class, but there certainly will be older new hires during the course of the year.


Skyykingg
04-10-2018, 01:20 PM
That gives me hope! Which major(s) would you think older pilots have the best shot at?

Frip
04-10-2018, 01:44 PM
Apply to all of them like you really mean it, take the best or first offer you get, and keep applying to all the rest until you are stuck or find a home.

IOW... Don't limit yourself based on what you or anyone else "thinks" that "they" might do. Apply to the ones you want to work for. Make themtell you no.

OVBIII
04-10-2018, 01:53 PM
Apply to all of them like you really mean it, take the best or first offer you get, and keep applying to all the rest until you are stuck or find a home.

IOW... Don't limit yourself based on what you or anyone else "thinks" that "they" might do. Apply to the ones you want to work for. Make themtell you no.

This sums it up. Well said.

SunDevilPilot
04-10-2018, 02:30 PM
A 64 year old flowed through from Envoy last year, he said he wanted to retire as an AA pilot. FWIW, his wife was not pleased. :rolleyes:

Skyykingg
04-10-2018, 03:48 PM
A 64 year old flowed through from Envoy last year, he said he wanted to retire as an AA pilot. FWIW, his wife was not pleased. :rolleyes:

Thatís awesome! I love it.

Skyykingg
04-10-2018, 03:50 PM
Apply to all of them like you really mean it, take the best or first offer you get, and keep applying to all the rest until you are stuck or find a home.

IOW... Don't limit yourself based on what you or anyone else "thinks" that "they" might do. Apply to the ones you want to work for. Make themtell you no.

True. Very true. Thanks for your response.

Frip
04-10-2018, 05:41 PM
That was what the old man told me thirty-ish years ago ;)

drifterf16
04-28-2018, 07:25 PM
Does American or any other major have an age cut off for new hires? Iíll be around 51yrs old when I start applying to the majors. Am I foolish to believe I have a chance of getting hired with a major?

Iím 51 and start AA indoc May 15th.

Boogerface
04-29-2018, 08:30 AM
Thatís awesome! I love it.
Not for the guy he screwed out of a flow slot. Particularly if he was an 824 guy.

TransWorld
04-29-2018, 10:35 AM
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Spicy McHaggis
04-30-2018, 04:29 AM
That gives me hope! Which major(s) would you think older pilots have the best shot at?


You apply to all of them. Worst is nothing happens.


At my newhire class at UAL the oldest was 49 when the retirement age was 60.

757HI
05-07-2018, 07:18 PM
Does American or any other major have an age cut off for new hires? Iíll be around 51yrs old when I start applying to the majors. Am I foolish to believe I have a chance of getting hired with a major?

My FO three trips ago was a new hire. 50 years old. Retired military transport pilot. Can you say Tri Care?:D

Meatball
05-17-2018, 05:09 PM
A 64 year old flowed through from Envoy last year, he said he wanted to retire as an AA pilot. FWIW, his wife was not pleased. :rolleyes:

He was an a**hole for taking a coveted 824 slot.



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