Trans States Airlines pilots now have a direct pathway to the Frontier Airlines flight deck. The new Pilot Flow Program guarantees participating Trans States pilots a First Officer position with the Denver-based Airbus operator after as little as two years of service with Trans States.
Captain Benjamin Church and Captain Jeffrey Martin are two of the first Trans States pilots to join the flow program. Although these pilots have spent a combined total of 29 years with Trans States, they’re eager to flow to a major airline and appreciate the seamless process in doing so.
“My flow process was simple and hassle-free,” Captain Church said. “It will be interesting to transition from a regional Captain to a First Officer at a major airline, but I am most looking forward to flying an Airbus, learning new procedures and expanding my skill sets even more,” Captain Church said.
Captain Church has gained a plethora of experiences that will help him excel in his new journey with Frontier, but says the most valuable thing he can bring with him from his 17-year career with Trans States is a teamwork approach.
“I would say a great character strength that I developed at Trans States was teamwork. As a Captain you work together with a First Officer and a flight attendant to make sure that the job is done safely and accurately,” Captain Church said.
Captain Church thinks Trans States is an amazing company to work for with a fantastic company culture.
“It’s going to be difficult for me to walk away from this job because I really like and respect all of my colleagues,” Captain Church said.
Captain Martin was a flight instructor at Flight Safety Academy in Vero Beach, FL when he was introduced to commercial aviation. This was a path that Captain Martin hadn’t considered before, but he was so impressed by the recruiter’s genuine interest and presentation that he considered a pilot position with the company. Fast forward to today, and Captain Martin has spent 12 years flying on Trans States’ behalf.
When the Frontier Pilot Flow Program was introduced and Captain Martin learned that additional interviewing was not required for pilots accepted into the program, he jumped at the opportunity.
“A change in aircraft is what I’m most looking forward to in my transition to flying with Frontier. An Airbus is a very attractive, and larger aircraft. I’ve spent so many years flying in a 50-seater and look forward to seamlessly advancing my career.” Captain Martin said.
Admittedly, Trans States has a great group of pilots that Captain Martin will miss.
“At Trans States, we’re a close-knit group of pilots and are much like family here,” Captain Martin said. “I truly enjoy working with our crews, and I’m going to miss it.”
To learn more about the Trans States to Frontier Flow Program, visit https://bit.ly/2k1Oe8B.