Flying for Alaska Airlines
Flying for Alaska Airlines

Pilots at Alaska Airlines

Enjoy the ride

Great Alaska Airlines pilots are more than just high-performing pilots. While being laser-focused on safety, it’s in their good nature to treat others with kindness. They’re leaders at work and in their communities. They’re team members who pitch in and take the initiative to do the right thing. They’re always improving themselves professionally and personally.

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  • A minimum of 2,000 hours total flight time in a fixed wing aircraft or 1,200 hours total flight time in a high performance military aircraft.
    • 50% of rotor-wing flight time up to 1,000 hours may be counted toward total flight time.
  • Minimum of 50 hours of flight time within the last 12 months.
  • A current First Class FAA medical certificate.
  • An FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License.
  • Must possess and/or obtain a current passport with unlimited access in and out of the United States. Employees with non-U.S. passports also will need any appropriate travel documentation.
  • Excellent judgment, leadership skills, demonstrated command ability and maturity.
  • Professional demeanor and appearance.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Internet email functions.
  • Must be comfortable with a domicile in Seattle, WA; Los Angeles, CA; Anchorage, AK; Portland, OR; or San Francisco, CA.
  • Minimum 23 years of age.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Ability to communicate in English.


  • 1,000 hours multi-engine turbine Pilot-in-Command (PIC) in a fixed wing aircraft.
  • Four-year degree from an accredited university.


171 Boeing 737 aircraft

31 Airbus A320 aircraft

Our bases

From the rugged mountains to white sandy beaches, wild outposts to hip urban centers, we call the West home. Our pilot domiciles are in Seattle, Portland, Anchorage, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

From there, we fly to destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Belize.

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Where metropolitan lifestyles meet exciting outdoor adventures. Seattle is home for our headquarters.
Where metropolitan lifestyles meet exciting outdoor adventures. Seattle is home for our headquarters.

The Alaska Airlines difference

Like all Alaska Airlines employees, our pilots share the desire to make a positive difference. Meet Mike Baumgartner, an Alaska Airlines “Legend” (our top employee honor). Throughout his career with us, he’s made his voice and his leadership count by being a true ambassador for our airline. His smile says it all.

Read more about Captain Mike Baumgartner

We pledge to increase our African American female pilots by 2025

African American female pilots make up about one half of 1 percent of all professional pilots across the industry. At Alaska, we’re all about people and reflecting those we serve, but this statistic is a reminder of how far we have to go.

That’s why we’ve signed a pledge with Sisters of the Skies, a nonprofit committed to pilot diversity. We aim to increase our female African American pilots over the next six years across Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and support the path to expose and inspire more young women to get there.

Read more about our commitment to increase to pilot diversity

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