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Southern Air

Cincinnati, OH

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  • June 13, 2019 - Union Ordered to Promptly Participate in Merger Process for New Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Positive Step Toward Company’s Goal of Increasing Pilot Pay as Soon as Possible
  • PURCHASE, N.Y. – Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) today confirmed that its subsidiary, Southern Air, Inc., has prevailed in an important arbitration against the union that represents Southern Air’s pilots, the Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224. 
  • The June 12, 2019, arbitration decision orders the union to promptly proceed with contractually required negotiations for a new joint collective bargaining agreement (JCBA) in connection with the merger of Southern Air and Atlas Air, Inc. While union leaders have extensively said publicly that the company has delayed negotiations, the decision states that:
  • “We can conclude with some certainty, however, that there has been a delay inspired by the Union’s misapprehension of the contractual requirements and that they must now respond vigorously to the Company’s request to proceed.”
  • This is a positive step in the company’s goal of completing a new JCBA that increases pay for Southern Air and Atlas Air pilots as soon as possible.
  • “Had the union leaders honored their contractual commitments when we announced the merger back in 2016, Southern Air and Atlas Air pilots would have already had their new contract – and a pay increase – by now,” said Atlas Air Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Flynn. “We hope the union will agree that it is time to end unnecessary delays and make progress for our pilots.
  • “We value the dedication of our crews, and we look forward to further recognize their significant contributions to the development and growth of our business. We are committed to working with the union for a JCBA that enhances overall pay and benefits for our more than 2,000 Southern Air and Atlas Air pilots.”
  • For more information about the arbitration decision, the contract negotiations process and future updates, please visit AtlasAir5YPilots.com and follow @AtlasAir5Y on Twitter. 
  • Southern Air is growing at the speed of e-commerce. Amazon confirms its move to expand partnership - https://www.aircargonews.net/airlines/freighter-operator/amazon-confirms-move-into-b737-800-freighters-with-southern-air-cmi-deal/
  • Southern Air is currently scheduling interviews for 737 FOs
  • All candidates that meet the minimum qualification can learn more and apply at https://bit.ly/2VpuWvg
  • Southern Air is part of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings
  • The Southern Air Pilot Group has ratified an interim agreement between the IBT and AAWW. The agreement increases wages for the pilots effective 9/1/2018 and increases their wage scale under the Atlas Air collective bargaining agreement (CBA). This agreement also provides crew members airline travel to and from their base (gateway travel) and reduces required work days to 17 days over a 9 month implementation period. New Pay Rate Table is available. Year 1 pay rate is now $79.60 for both the 777 and 737. Year 2 rate has risen to $91.97 on the 777 and $79.60 on the 737.
  • Jan of 2018 we switched to Atlas benefits, including a 401K match.
  • Six 777s contracted by DHL for intercontinental flights; five 737’s contracted by DHL flying domestic rotations from DHL’s hub in CVG.  Five 737-800’s to be deployed in support of Amazon air operations in 2019
  • Crew Bases:  777 CVG/LAX;  737 CVG
  • Company paid commuting provided to all pilots who reside more than 130 miles from their base.
  • Current 737 overnights are SLC, YWG, DEN, MCI, and OMA with additional destinations to be added.
  • Southern Air Schedules will not exceed a maximum of 17 days of work, with substantial premium pay offered for Open Time pickups.
  • Company paid commuting includes Company paid positive space transportation or mileage to base for pilots that reside more than 130 miles from their base. Quality hotel rooms also provided while on layover or reserve in base
  • Hotel accommodations  and per diem provided during new hire training in Miami.
  • This page last updated: June 14, 2019 (Quicktake) 
Total: 254
Active: 254
Furloughed: 0
B737: 5
B777: 6
Is Hiring?: Yes

Southern is hiring for both the 777 and 737 operates for DHL. 

777 is home based 737 is based in CVG Interviews in CVG each week.

Apply via the Southern Air website


777 First Officer

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

737 First Officer

  • Hold a current unrestricted or restricted 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
  • Legalized to work in the United States
  • Have a minimum of 1000 hours of total time (Military conversion of .3 per sortie)
  • Have a minimum of 1000 fixed wing  or 500 hours with a 121 carrier
  • Minimum age of 23 (all Southern 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
Preferred Qualifications
  • Current & Qualified, and operating in a Part 121, 135 or 91 environment 
  • Have a minimum of 500 hours of turbine time


No CASS agreements with Delta or Southwest.

CBA agreement with Local 1224 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)

Southern Air PAYSCALES

737 777     
12 162 196     
11 157 190     
10 153 185     
9 148 180     
8 144 174     
7 140 169     
6 136 164     
5 132 160     
4 129 155     
3 124 150     
2 120 146     
1 117 142     
737 777     
12 113 137     
11 110 133     
10 107 129     
9 104 126     
8 101 122     
7 98 118     
6 94 113     
5 89 108     
4 84 102     
3 80 97     
2 80 92     
1 80 80     

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Monthly guarantee: 61 hours (737); 60 hours (777)
Reserve guarantee: 61 hours (737); 60 hours (777)

Most junior captain hired: May 2015 (737)

Guaranteed  Day  Off  Pay
:  If  a  Crewmember  volunteers  or  is  assigned  duty  on a guaranteed day off, the Crewmember will be credited with four (4) hours of pay in addition to the monthly guarantee and the hours flown on that day (either block or travel). Crewmembers  must  complete  a  full  20/30  day  or  20/31  day  work  month prior  to receiving guaranteed day off pay. Please see Section 6 for amplification on Guaranteed Days Off policy.

Monthly Rig Pay: Monthly Rig is a guarantee of three and one-half (3.5) pay hours for twenty-four (24) hours away from base. Monthly Rig will be calculated by dividing the total number of hours away from base (TAFB) during the month by 6.857.

Extended Pay Credit: Extended Pay Credit applies to those days a crewmember works in excess of twenty (20) days consecutively without returning to his Base. Extended Pay Credit is accrued at the rate of one and one-half (1.5) hours per day for each day in excess of twenty (20) consecutive days away from the Crewmember’s Base.


$2.40/hr (dom)
$2.50/hr (int'l)



Yes, 50% match up to 10% of annual earnings. 

401K Matching: Yes


Limited opportunities to fly over guarantee on 737. Can pick up open trips when available.

737 Upgrade at 2 1/2 years. 777 Upgrade at 10 years. 737 Crews have a 3 year seatlock where 777 crews have a 2 year seatlock.