Pilot Pathways

Qualified pilots

Qualified pilots

FedEx hires highly skilled pilots who share our flight operations values of safety, integrity, leadership and professionalism. Being a FedEx pilot is about having technical proficiency as well as demonstrating a love of flying. The mission of fight operations is to operate a safe, reliable and efficient airline in order to provide industry leading service to our customers. Similarly, being a FedEx Express employee is about consistently delivering the Purple Promise to our customers. Making every FedEx experience outstanding requires pride in your performance and passion about working for FedEx Express.

If you are interested in working for a vital, industry-leading, and innovative Fortune 50 company, believe you share our values and will positively contribute to our culture, we want to hear from you! Minimum qualifications are listed below.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university is preferred
  • English language proficiency
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Accurate and timely decision making, including threat and error mitigation strategies
  • Close attention to detail
  • Ability to work during the day or night, including weekends and holidays
  • Punctual and reliable regular attendance
  • Current valid passport and any other necessary travel documents

(FAA, FCC, TSA, and DOT)

  • Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate
  • Current First Class Medical Certificate
  • Radiotelephone Operators Permit
  • Secure Identification Display Area (SIDA) Badge eligibility
  • Successful completion of pre-employment drug test
  • Successful completion of Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA) evaluation

Flight hours

  • 1500 hours total fixed-wing.
  • 1000 hours PIC in jet aircraft is preferred; multi-engine turbo-prop aircraft, 12,500 pounds or greater; certain single engine turbo-prop aircraft, or combination thereof. A minimum of 500 hours PIC as described is required.

When evaluating flight hours, we consider several factors, including:

  • Complexity of aircraft flown
  • Nature and type of flight operations
  • Recency, quality, quantity, and verifiability of flight time and associated logs
  • Hours flown as PIC
  • Hours flown as instructor/evaluator

If you are interested in applying and meet these minimum qualifications, please create a profile. See our frequently asked questions for further information and contact us at ProQuestions@fedex.com if you have other questions or concerns.

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College pathway

College pathway

FedEx Flight Operations visits select universities, colleges and flight schools throughout the nation. If enrolled you may be eligible to discuss your career path with one of our recruiting professionals at these select venues. Otherwise reach out to a career counselor at your school for more information on an aviation career at FedEx Express. If more information is needed by your school, have them contact our Flight Operations Recruiting Department.

FedEx employees

FedEx employees

Current FedEx employees can transition their careers and pursue their dreams of becoming a pilot for either side of the business. Whether you're wanting to fly the trunk fleet or the feeder side -our tuition reimbursement program could help you get there faster. Check with your manager or HR representative for all the details.

Purple Runway

Purple Runway

Our feeder network is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the transportation industry. We are taking off and landing in more cities with our advanced fleet of ATRs and Sky Couriers, while also carving out a path to our wide-body aircraft for interested pilots.

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