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Hampton University and United Airlines Kick-off Pilot Development Partnership
04/06/2021 - #140

New program recruits HU students to participate in United Airlines’ elite “Aviate Academy” training program 

HAMPTON, Va. (April 6, 2021)  Hampton University is excited to announce a new partnership with United Airlines to identify and recruit top talent from HU’s Department of Aviation into United’s Aviate Academy. United Airlines Aviate Academy is the first commercial pilot development program to partner with an HBCU.

Hampton University is proud to partner with United Airlines for this collaborative effort designed to cultivate the next generation of commercial pilots as well as create new professional pathways for women and people of color to pursue careers in aviation,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, President of Hampton University. The United Airlines Aviate Academy shares Hampton’s Department of Aviation’s mission to prepare our students for meaningful aviation careers, and instill in them a strong sense of social awareness and responsibility." 

Through this new partnership, Hampton University flight education students, recommended by a board of United pilots that are HU alumni, will get to interview with United Airlines’ Aviate Academy. If selected, they will be among the thousands of pilots United will train over the next decade.  These Aviate Academy students will also be guaranteed a job with United, upon successfully completing all the requirements of the program. 

In addition, to Hampton University, United Airlines announced partnerships with Elizabeth City State University and Delaware State, University.

United Airlines plans for its United Aviate Academy to create opportunities for thousands of women and people of color looking to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot. United Airlines will begin taking applications for the United Aviate Academy with an ambitious plan to train 5,000 new pilots by 2030, with the goal that at least half of them are women and people of color. Aviate Academy expects to enroll 100 students in 2021.

In February, United Airlines shared the story of a group of six Hampton University Department of Aviation alumni who are breaking barriers in the sky as pilots for the airline. Those six alums first set out to become pilots back in 1997.

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