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 to apply for Propel, students must be enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an 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 additional Part-141 flight course at the partner institution.   In order to join Propel, pilots must hold a First Class Medical (note:  it is acceptable if privileges have lapsed to second or third class).

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 Fall 2018 Propel College Path application window is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a profile and/or application.  In the next few weeks, our team will review the pool of candidates.  If you are selected to move forward to the next round,  you will receive an email detailing the next stage.  Our Spring 2019 Propel College Path application window will open in December. Please check this website and our social media frequently for more information. Thank you for your interest in Delta Propel!

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.