Delta Air Lines has released its career advice for its new pilots, as the airline tries to modernise its workforce.
The company has introduced a new career system, which it says will make the recruitment process more effective, transparent and less reliant on an individual’s skills and background.
Delta is aiming to recruit 100,000 pilots over the next five years, and to add 20,000 more in 2019, with the majority coming from within the United States.
The airline says its new system will be used by its existing pilots, but it is not yet clear how it will work for the new recruits.
The new system, created by the company’s senior management, will enable Delta to identify, monitor and track how each of its pilots are doing.
The system will also help Delta recruit and train new pilots and ensure the airline’s training programme is up to scratch.
“Our new approach is designed to create an effective recruitment process that aligns with our goals to become more efficient, better positioned to compete and provide the best service for our customers,” Delta CEO Tom Buckley said.
The hiring process is also now based on the companys pilot recruitment criteria, and the hiring team is made up of three pilots.
The pilot recruitment team, comprised of three new pilots each, will have a two-year experience as part of Delta’s new pilot training program.
The first two weeks of the new pilot programme will be conducted by Delta’s pilots in the United Kingdom, followed by training in the US and the United Arab Emirates.
The third pilot will fly for Delta in the Middle East and Africa, and be responsible for all flights on the carrier.
The pilots’ work experience will be shared between the new pilots’ and the airline, and Delta will ensure that new pilots are trained to work within Delta’s business and customer support team, including the Customer Support team, and that they can work as independent contractors, or work on the airline side.
A pilot’s job title will also be changed to “pilot”, as well as having their salary changed to reflect this change.
In addition to their existing job duties, the new hires will have to work for Delta as contractors and have a contract with the airline.
“It is a new way of working that allows us to meet our mission objectives and is aligned with our workforce,” Buckley said in a statement.
Delta has made it clear that it will require pilots to complete a three-year pilot training programme to ensure that the pilot trainees are ready to move into full-time roles.
However, the airline has not made clear exactly how the new process will work, and it is unclear whether the new approach will include the use of a third-party company to run the pilot training.
The role of the pilot, which will also include the new roles of a supervisor and a pilot instructor, is to ensure the new employees are trained and ready to take on new roles.
The programme is designed for pilots to be a part of the airline team and to become certified pilots.
“Our new pilot trainee is an important part of this process and will be a leader for the company and a leader in the airline,” Buckley added.
Delta’s new system is expected to be rolled out in 2019.