Wheels Up, Delta Partner on Pilot Pathway Program

 - July 22, 2022, 12:01 PM
Wheels Up sees the Propel college path program as a way to recruit new pilots. (Photo: Wheels Up)

Pilots in Delta Air Lines’ Propel college path program will be able to log flight hours with Wheels Up under a new partnership between the companies. Launched in 2018, Propel is aimed at identifying, selecting, and developing new pilots. So far, more than a dozen Propel graduates have become Delta pilots.

“The diverse type of flying operations and attentive customer service skills associated with Wheels Up’s on-demand charter operation will instill a foundation for Propel candidates to have a successful career ahead at Delta,” said Ashish Naran, a former corporate pilot who is now a Delta captain and lead pilot recruiter at the airline. “It’s all about getting the job done right and safely for the customer, and this partnership with Wheels Up will set that strong foundation for this next generation of Delta pilots.”

“We believe that working together we can provide meaningful and exciting assignments for pilots at every stage of their careers,” said Wheels Up chief people officer Stevens Saint-Rose. “We collectively want to innovate in how we attract, retain, and develop the very best pilots in the industry.” 

Delta plans to hire and train more than 2,400 pilots this year.