College Path

A brand new program for collegiate aviation students called 

Delta Propel - Collegiate Pilot Career Path

Your career as a Delta Air Lines pilot is now within reach.

We believe you can help take our airline to even greater heights in the future.

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It is your career, so it should be your choice. Leveraging our partnerships, Delta is the only airline offering students a customized career path to Delta. Students may choose from three career routes: 

  1. Flying for one of the Delta Connection Carriers; 
  2. A job-share instructing for your university and flying corporate aircraft for Delta Private Jets; or 
  3. Flying military aircraft for the Air National Guard or Reserves.

What is the Propel Collegiate Pilot Career Path?

Delta is offering a new career path for students at select universities.  Successful candidates will be provided a Qualified Job Offer (QJO) detailing a defined path and an accelereated timeline to become a Delta pilot.

What is a Qualified Job Offer?

A Qualified Job Offer (QJO)  offers you a defined path and an accelerated timeline to become a Delta pilot - and then helps you achieve the necessary qualifications along the way. Pilots meeting the requirements of the Delta Propel program can progress through your chosen career route to Delta in 42 months or less - faster and more seamlessly than ever before. 

Who can apply?

In order to be eligible for Propel, students must be enrolled in a R-ATP eligible major at one of Delta's partner institutions (below).  The program is open to Juniors, Seniors, and Flight Instructors who graduated within the previous 6 months.  Pilots must hold, at minimum, a Private Pilot certificate and must have completed at least one Part-141 flight course at the partner institution. 

Ensuring flight training opportunities for future generations

Delta understands the importance of high-quality flight training and ensuring opportunities for future generations of students. Pilots participating in Delta Propel (Connection Route or Delta Private Jets/CFI-Job-Share Route) will be expected to build their flight hours by instructing at the university where they trained.  Additionally, since Propel pilots have an accelerated timeline to Delta of 42 months or less, they will be expected to instruct until the end of the academic semester in which they achieve Restricted-ATP minimums (before beginning employment at a Delta Connection carrier).  The goal is to help stabilize the supply of flight instructors, while ensuring future Delta pilots gain valuable, high-quality flight experience.

Let us fly with you

The best benefit to the Delta Propel program, aside from having your choice of career paths to Delta, is the fact that Delta will be engaged with you throughout your entire journey. Signature events on-campus and at Delta’s World Headquarters strengthen your knowledge of the airline industry and develop your leadership skills. And to top it off, you will receive personal mentoring from an active Delta pilot every step of the way.

Application process

Our current application window is now OPEN! Effective today through September 5, 2018 @ 11:59 pm. To apply, please click the red 'Apply Now' button located on this page.  After you submit your profile, a member of our team will review your information. Eligible pilots will receive an invitation to complete the full application from our team within 1-2 days. We strongly recommend using Google Chrome or a Firefox web browser.

What if I am not accepted into the program?

The Delta Propel - Collegiate Pilot Career Path is just one of many ways to become a Delta pilot. Delta Propel is meant to streamline your career and support you along the way. If you decide not to join or are not accepted into the program, you will still be eligible to apply to Delta in future semesters or later in your career. We encourage you to do so!

What if I do not attend a partner university?

Delta is initially partnering with the aviation universities listed below.  However, Delta plans to expand the program in the coming years, so be sure to check back for updates.