ExpressJet Airlines has joined the University Gateway Program, a now-five-party collaboration also involving Cape Air, JetBlue Airways, the University of North Dakota (UND) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) designed to provide pilots with a structured channel to employment at the regional airlines and, ultimately, JetBlue.
The Gateway Program provides for early hiring at Cape Air of highly qualified pilots trained at Aviation Accreditation Board International-sanctioned programs and with “appropriate” flight instructor experience. After gaining their captain’s credentials at Cape Air, pilots can choose to interview with ExpressJet. If accepted, they gain an entry slot for a training class where they spend time as pilot-in-command. Through the process, they become eligible for a final interview with JetBlue after gaining their necessary hours.