Funny you should ask. I just had this conversation with my friend, who is
currently a CFI for ATP. He’s debating on which Regional to fly for and
when to apply. He’s been reading the news about Horizon and it’s making him
I can’t speak for every regional pilot out there. I am a fairly new FO at
Horizon myself, but just because someone else doesn’t enjoy their airline,
doesn’t mean you won’t too. And be careful of what you read online. Too
often do people blow things out of proportion. Typically what gets posted
online represents only a small fraction of the total number of pilots in
the industry. So, don’t put too much emphasis on it.
I chose Horizon because they had a good reputation, their company values
were in alignment with my personal values, and I wanted to be based on the
west coast. Given the current state of things, I have nothing to complain
about because I’m flying for the right reasons and I still have a job.
As for Envoy, I don’t know much about them, other than they have flow to
American, which by the way is not a guarantee. So, don’t let that be the
main reason why you want to work for them. Choosing an airline should be
based on company reputation, pay, aircraft, location, and whichever one
hires you. The last part is more important when applying to majors.
Regionals are hiring like crazy.
I think SkyWest is a safe option. A lot of people dislike the CRJs, but
aside from that it’s a huge company, they fly for “everyone” (not really
but you get the point), and I know a lot of pilots there now. They seem to