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Atlas Air

Purchase, NY

  • Flying with Atlas Air is a lifestyle like no other. Here, our pilots enjoy the flexibility of a career built around their lives and the fulfillment of making the extraordinary happen every single day.

    Flying with a greater purpose, our pilots carry everything from the U.S. military to humanitarian aid, sports teams to music superstars, e-commerce to economies- and do so with the world’s largest fleet of 747s as well as fleets of 777s, 767s, and 737s.  


    The unrivaled Atlas Gateway travel program makes sure that all Atlas pilots have positive-space seats for every domestic commute and international gateway travel for crew living outside the U.S. (up to $1,250 each way), meaning no more flying standby or using a crash pad. It means our pilots live where they want to live – we pick up the cost of their stress-free commute.   

    Living life to the fullest, our pilots choose routes and schedules that suit their lives.

    Because a career at Atlas is more than a chance to fly, it is an opportunity to rise.


    An Atlas Air First Officer (SIC) has full responsibility for the following:  

            • Assists the Captain in the safe and efficient conduct of the flight 
            • Constant awareness of all flight parameters, including on-time performance and the effect on customer flight schedules
            • Proficiency in the duties and responsibilities required of a SIC 
            • Advise the Captain of any abnormality during ground and flight operations 
            • Be current and have operational knowledge of the Flight Operations Manual, Flight Crew Operating Manual, Jeppesen Airway Manual, and pertinent regulations 
            • Assists in emergency and abnormal/non-normal procedures 


    NOTE: All candidates offered a position as a First Officer will be tested in accordance with 14 CFR Part 120.107(5) Sub Part E.


    Requirements for Candidates with an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) Certificate  

            • Hold a current restricted or unrestricted FAA ATP certificate with an airplane category multi-engine class rating and English proficiency endorsement  
            • Current FAA Class 1 Medical Certificate  
            • Hold an FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit  
            • Hold a current and valid passport with no restrictions on international travel, including the ability to obtain entry visas for locations in which Atlas Air operates 
              • All passports should have a minimum of 24 months validity
              • Legal name (including compound last names) must match on passport, employment authorization documents (if applicable) and FAA licenses and permits
              • Ability to obtain CANPASS permit (Canadian Customs program)
            • Legally authorized to work in the United States and possess proper working documents (meaning you are a U.S. citizen, you have a permanent resident ‘green card,’ an EAD, or other basis to work legally within the U.S.) 
            • Successfully complete a DOT pre-employment drug test  
            • Minimum age of 21 years of age (for R-ATP) or 23 years of age (for ATP) as pilot positions are subject to FAA 121 mandatory retirement regulations  
            • Ability to pass a 10-year security background check, the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA), and Pilot Records Database (PRD) evaluation 
            • Ability to provide 5 years of domestic and/or foreign (if applicable) training records or adequate supporting documentation
            • Ability to work varying schedules including reserve duty, weekends, evenings, and holidays
            • Thorough working knowledge of all Federal Aviation Regulations applicable to FAR Part 121 Operations
            • Must be able to adhere to the Atlas Air First Officer Crewmember Uniform Appearance Standards
            • Excellent communication skills
            • Proven leadership ability
            • Accurate and timely decision-making skills

    Required Flight Hours:  

            • Minimum of 1000 hours of fixed wing, OR;
              • 500 hours of fixed wing under FAA FAR part 121 or 135 (or equivalent foreign operations – e.g. 705 Canadian) OR
              • 250 PIC hours of fixed wing for rotary Military flight-training graduates

            • Meet the required minimum hours of 1,500 total time with the exception of: 
              • 1,250 total hours – with a qualifying 2-year aviation university program OR
              • 1,000 total hours – with a qualifying 4-year aviation university program OR 
              • 750 total hours - military flight-training graduates 


    NOTE: ATP Certificates issued with a “CIRC APCH-VMC Only” limitation is acceptable.   

    Preferred Qualifications:  

            • 2500 hours of total time operating in an FAA part 121, 135, 91 or Military environment
            • 500 hours of turbine time
            • Recent flying experience (greater than 200 hours within the last 12 months)
            • Significant wide-body, PIC, Military AND/OR international flight experience, complex avionics, (e.g., Boeing Honeywell, Boeing Collins, Collins Proline, Garmin G500/G1000/G3000/G5000)
            • Multi-crew experience with knowledge of CRM/TEM
            • Operations in complex airspace with significant experience in sophisticated instrument work, e.g. LNAV/VNAV or RNAV approaches and/or FMC manipulation
            • Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Flight, Aviation Management, or related field preferred; or equivalent experience


    NOTE: We consider numerous factors when evaluating flight hours, including:  

            • Complexity of aircraft flown
            • Nature and type of flight operations
            • Recency, quality, quantity, and verifiability of flight time and associated logs

    Candidates without an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate  

    Atlas Air now offers highly qualified candidates the opportunity to complete the ATP certification course. Pilots must meet all the required pre-requisites for obtaining an ATP listed above, while meeting the full ATP minimum flight hour criteria defined by FAR 61.159 listed below: 


    Required Flight Hours 

            • 1500 Total Flight Time  
            • 250 Pilot-In-Command (PIC) hours fixed wing  
            • 500 Total Cross Country hours or 200 hours for a restricted ATP (R-ATP) under FAR 1.160 (f)
            • 100 Cross Country PIC hours
            • 100 Night Flight Time hours  
            • 25 Night PIC hours  
            • 75 Instrument Training hours  
            • 50 Multi-Engine Land hours


    Benefits as a First Officer

    Being a First Officer at Atlas Air is a job like no other, and it calls for benefits like no other. We offer a world of benefits and perks to take care of you and your family, no matter which fleet you fly.

            • Positive Airline tickets for your commute for those living more than 130 miles from their base within the U.S., and international gateway travel for crew living outside the U.S. (up to $1,250 each way)
            • Business Class for Domestic and International Travel while deadheading greater than 4.5 hours
            • 64-hour minimum monthly pay guarantee – commencing date of hire
            • Company paid hotels in base, before/after trips and while on reserve
            • Premium pay available for flying on days off
            • Variety of schedules across different fleet types
            • Profit Sharing Plan
            • Basic Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
            • Long Term Disability (Loss of License) Insurance
            • Retirement Direct Contributions by the Company
            • Paid Sick Days
            • Travel benefits via MyID Travel for immediate family after 6 months of employment
            • Various voluntary benefits, including; Critical Illness, Pet Insurance, and more!


    Learn more about our team, our fleet, our flights, and our purpose here at Tailwinds: 


    The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to afford equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, place of birth, age, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable in accordance with federal, state and local laws.


    If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please download the available EEO is the Law document at  


    To view our Pay Transparency Statement, please click here: Pay Transparency Statement 

Company Website

Total: 2900
Active: 2900
Furloughed: 0
737: 8
747: 58
767: 28
777: 12
Is Hiring?: Yes

• Hiring classes of 24 every 3 weeks.


• Hold a current unrestricted ATP certificate with an airplane category multi-engine class rating and English proficiency endorsement*

• Hold a current FAA First Class Medical Certificate

• Hold an FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit

• Hold a valid passport with no restrictions on international travel

• Legally authorized to work in the United States

• Have a minimum of 1500 hours of total time

  • Military conversion of .3 per sortie

• Have a minimum of 500 hours of turbine time

• Have a minimum of 1000 fixed wing or 500 hours with a 121 carrier

• Minimum age of 23 (all Atlas pilot positions are subject to FAA 121 mandatory retirement regulations)

• Have the ability to pass a 10 year security background check and a DOT pre-employment test.

*Note: ATP issued with a CIRC APCH-VMC Only limitation are acceptable.

ATP is preferred, but not required. RATP holders can only go to 737 fleet. Company pays for inhouse ATP-CTP course and will do ATP checkride in a light twin in Florida, or in the 737 sim if assigned 737.

Gateway travel update: If living internationally, company will pay up to $1250 one way for economy ticket to and from work. Tickets above $1250 will be reimbursed $1250, crewmember will have to pay for it upfront themselves.

4 total orders for new 777-Fs to be delivered in 2024.


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$3.05/hour (CONUS), increasing by $0.10 each January


$3.80/hour (OCONUS), increasing by $0.10 each January



The Atlas Air Inc. Retirement Plan 401(k) through Fidelity Investments provides: 

Eligibility to participate on the 1st of the month after date of hire 

Direct retirement contributions by the company 

Ability to make additional contributions (up to the legal IRS limitations per year) 

Retirement Direct Contributions Include: 

Increase from 2% to 16% over the next three years 

Pilot benefits without any required personal investment:

12% year one (effective 1/1/24)

14% year two (effective 1/1/25)

16% year three (effective 1/1/26)

401K Matching: Yes

A/B Fund: