Ameriflight and UPS Airlines Update on Phase 2 Expansion of Gateway Program

Ameriflight and UPS Airlines signed an agreement for Phase Two of the UPS/Ameriflight Gateway Program.

According to a media release, Phase Two provides the opportunity for current and future Ameriflight pilots to pursue a path to potential employment by UPS Airlines. Program participants will need to drive their career and achieve the required personal and professional development benchmarks, as well as complete the UPS mentoring program.

Each participant will be tasked with following guidelines to gain the experience needed by UPS Airlines. Future Ameriflight pilots selected for the program will have the opportunity to complete the program in 36 months; this includes a final 12 months in the UPS mentoring stage. Current Ameriflight Pilots who have the necessary experience and already meet the requirements may be selected to enter the final 12 month mentoring portion of the program.

The first selection of Ameriflight pilots entering the Gateway Program will be made in January 2018 and will consist of current Ameriflight pilots.

"To be able to present Ameriflight Pilots with a path to potential employment by UPS Airlines is the culmination of a tremendous team effort," says Ameriflight Chief Operating Officer Bill Poerstel. "Pilots selected for this program will be individuals who are motivated to advance their careers, professionally and personally and desire to fly for one of the premier airlines in the world."

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