Jobs at Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

A badge. Review the <a href="" target="_blank" style="color: #48a9c5;" rel="noopener">SIDA Badge Requirements</a> document for a comp

Job Information

Horizon Air Experienced First Officer in SeaTac, Washington

Company Horizon Air

The Team

As a pilot for Horizon Air, you will be among the best in the regional airline industry as you fly throughout the West. To help keep you at the top of your game, we offer attractive compensation, development opportunities, a path to our mainline carrier Alaska Airlines, and a great team that's known for its skill and close-knit teamwork.

Role Summary

The First Officer Experienced, is responsible for ensuring a safe journey and positive experience for all Horizon Air guests while continually maintaining a high-level of professionalism. This is a union represented position.

Key Duties

  • Perform as Second in Command in the transport of passengers, mail, freight, or for other commercial purposes. Responsible for all aspects and conduct of flight to include preflight of required paperwork and restrictions, conduct of safe flight, and all post flight duties.

  • Comply with Federal Aviation Regulations (FAA), Company Flight Procedures, and Company Policies on scheduled flights and routes to ensure safety of flight.

  • Coordinate tasks to permit flight fueling, loading, passenger handling, etc. and associated duties to transport passengers in a safe manner in accordance with company policies and procedures, FOM, FAR's, and CRF's.

  • Pilots are team members both in the flight deck (Cockpit Resource Management), and with other operational departments.

  • Pilots are expected to present a professional image, including grooming standards and demeanor, at all times as a key representative of the company to both internal and external customers.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


  • 200 hours of FAA-approved Prior Qualifying Time to serve as pilot in command in part 121 operations (per FAR § 121.436(a)(3)). Candidates will need to provide proof they have obtained this flight time requirement. All prior qualifying time will be verified in pilot logbooks with the System Chief Pilot and/or the Director of Operations at time of interview.

    • 200 hours as second in command at a part 121 carrier (per FAR § 121.436(a)(3)); or

    • 200 hours as pilot in command at a part 91 carrier flying a multi-engine turbine-powered fixed-wing or powered-lift aircraft with an Airline transport pilot license and an applicable type rating (per FAR § 91.1053(a)(2)(i)); or

    • 200 hours as pilot in command at a part 135 carrier in passenger-carrying operations of a turbojet airplane with a passenger-seat configuration, excluding each crewmember seat, of 10 seats of more (per FAR § 135.243(a)(1)); or

    • 200 hours as pilot in command at a part 135 carrier in passenger-carrying operations of a multiengine airplane in a commuter operation (per FAR § 135.243(a)(1)); or

    • 200 hours as pilot in command at a part 135 carrier holding an airline transport pilot certificate and if required appropriate type rating for that airplane (per FAR § 135.243(a)(1)); or

    • 200 hours of military flight time obtained as pilot in command of a multiengine turbine-powered, fixed-wing airplane or powered-lift aircraft in an operation requiring more than one pilot (per FAR § 121.436 (c)).

  • A minimum of 1,465 hours of total flight time or R-ATP qualified.

  • 500 hours of cross-country flight time or 200 if R-ATP or military qualified.

  • 100 hours of night flight time.

  • 250 total hours of flight time as pilot in command including 100 hours of cross-country flight time and 25 hours of night flight time.

  • 75 hours of instrument flight time in actual or simulated instrument conditions.

  • 25 hours of multi-engine flight time.

  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings.

  • Must possess a current First-Class FAA Medical Certificate.

  • FCC permit restricted radiotelephone operator.

  • Must have and be able to maintain a valid passport allowing unrestricted travel, without a TRP, to and from the U.S.

  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License.

  • Excellent judgment, leadership skills, demonstrated command ability and maturity.

  • Must be willing to accept a base assignment in Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Spokane, WA; Boise, ID; Medford, OR; Anchorage, AK or Everett, WA based on company need.

  • Must be willing to work multiple days away from home, working a varied schedule, including weekends and holidays without restrictions.

  • Ability to communicate in English.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 21 years old.

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.


  • 100 hours of multi-engine flight time.

  • 100 hours flown in the last 12 months.

  • Four-year degree from an accredited University.

Airport SIDA Badge Requirements

Important update for non-crew employees working at an airport or maintenance hangar: Employees will be required to obtain a SIDA badge provided by the airport authority and maintain good standing in order to keep their SIDA badge. Review theSIDA Badge Requirementsdocument for a comprehensive overview.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable.

Pay Details

Join us with prior qualifying time and receive up to $50,000 in bonuses!

  • Receive an Experienced Hire Bonus of $25,000 for those with 500-999 hours of prior qualifying time and $50,000 for those with 1,000+ hours of prior qualifying time.

  • 50% pays out 12 months after Date of Hire, and 50% pays out 18 months after Date of Hire or at transition to Alaska Airlines via Pathways.

  • Qualifying Prior Flight Time includes hours aligned with FARs which dictate requirements for 121 Captain including CFR 121.436 (a)(3) and (C), 91.1053 (a)(2)(i), and 135.243 (a)(1).

First Officer first year pay rate: $91.35

Monthly pay guarantee (jet): 75 credit hours

Reserve pay guarantee: 73 credit hours

Prior Part 121 Longevity Pay Credit:

We are offering a longevity match for hourly rates with no cap for pilots with prior part 121 experience. Year-for-year longevity pay is contingent upon the pilot maintaining a permanent bid preferencing all Captain positions as their highest priority bids.

Salary Details

  • First year pay rate: $91.35

  • Monthly pay guarantee (jet): 75 credit hours

  • Reserve pay guarantee: 73 credit hours

Total Rewards

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air pay and benefits can vary by company, location, number of regularly scheduled hours worked, length of employment, and employment status.

  • This role pays per collective bargaining agreement.

  • Free stand-by travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

  • Comprehensive well-being programs including medical, dental and vision benefits

  • Generous 401k match program

  • Quarterly and annual bonus plans

  • Generous holiday and paid time off

For more information about Alaska/Horizon Total Rewards please visit our career site and view benefits.

FLSA Status Exempt
Regular/Temporary Regular
Apply by 7:00 PM Pacific Time on 8/31/2024
Location Portland, OR - Pilots
Equal Employment Opportunity We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and employees and do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information (including family medical history), political views or activity, or other legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. We may use your information to maintain the safety and security of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, its employees, and others as required or permitted by law. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Requisition Type Frontline
I: Y - QX FL
Z: Y - FL
Requisition ID 2024-12033
Need help finding the right job? We can recommend jobs specifically for you!
Job Locations USA-OR-Portland | USA-OR-Medford | USA-WA-Spokane | USA-WA-SeaTac | USA-WA-Everett | USA-AK-Anchorage | USA-ID-Boise
Requisition ID 2024-12033
Category Pilots