At Mesa, Recruiting Is About Pilots Helping Pilots Progress In Their Careers

Pilots choose Mesa because of the real opportunities that exist for both experienced pilots and newcomers to the industry. Mesa's training, job security and upgrade times are second to none. A
 testament to our success and future opportunities – is the fact that – while our growth is among the fastest in the industry, our pilot attrition is among the lowest. 

Mesa Airlines has developed a direct entry First Officer Cadet Program!
Email us at with questions or click Here to Apply!


FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi Engine and Instrument ratings

Candidate is within 500 hours of meeting the minimum requirements to become a First Officer

Current FAA First Class Medical Certificate

FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit

Current Valid Passport

Legally authorized to work in the U.S.

Able to pass security background check and FAA mandated drug test

High school diploma or GED

Ability to read and speak English language


Our fleet of large regional jets has grown to 133 ...yes, our fleet doubled in two years and we expect to continue our growth.
We’re the only regional airline with no small aircraft to park and our codeshare agreements are among the longest in the industry. We understand your career goals.
For job stability and a quick path to upgrade, apply now
. It is a great time to join Mesa Airlines! 


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Accommodation for Applicants With Disabilities: Mesa Airlines, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation in its application process for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans. If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need an accommodation, you may email us at or alternatively send a fax to 602-685-4350.  In order to quickly respond to your request, please use the words "Accommodation Request" as the subject line of your email or as the title of your fax document.

Candidates who have previously interviewed for a Flight Officer position are required to wait a minimum of six months before reapplying.


As an equal opportunity employer, Mesa Airlines recognizes that our strength lies in our people.