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Republic Airline Signs Partnership with Southern Illinois University Carbondale for Pilot Development Program
[September 08, 2017]

Republic Airline Signs Partnership with Southern Illinois University Carbondale for Pilot Development Program

Republic Airline announced today that it has signed a partnership agreement with Southern Illinois University Carbondale for pilot development and career progression. With the addition of this aviation program, Republic now works with 23 schools across the United States to help their students fast-track their careers as commercial airline pilots.

The partnerships enable flight students at collegiate aviation programs to interview with the airline before graduation. If the students meet Republic's qualifications, they could receive a conditional offer of employment and be eligible to receive a signing bonus of as much as $10,000 or receive their final 100 hours of flight time to meet ATP (News - Alert) minimum requirements. Republic pilots train to fly the Embraer E170 and E175 aircraft, the most advanced commercial aircraft in our industry. Since the creation of its first partnership program in 2015, Republic has had more than 300 pilot cadets enter the program, dozens of which have already transitioned into First Officers with the airline.

"As the need for commercial pilots continues to increase, SIU is working hard to provide the industry with qualified students to meet these demands," SIU Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno said. "This agreement will be another significant component in our nationally recognized aviation program's success. Our students are educated not only as great pilots, but also to be the next generation of aviation leaders."

SIU-Carbondale joins other top aviation flight schools across the country in partnership with Republic, including Purdue University (News - Alert), Vincennes University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach and the University of North Dakota, among others.

For more information about Republic's Pilot Cadet Program, lease visit

About Republic Airline: Republic Airline, based in Indianapolis, operates a fleet of 186 Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with 900 daily flights to 100 cities in 35 U.S. states, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. The airline provides fixed-fee flights operated under our major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. The airline employs about 5,200 aviation professionals. Visit for more information, follow the company on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and connect on Facebook or LinkedIn.

About Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a nationally ranked doctoral research university of 14,500 students in Carbondale, Ill., near the Shawnee National Forest. The university offers more than 200 undergraduate academic programs, along with master's and doctoral programs in addition to professional degrees in law and medicine.

Note to editors: For more information about Republic Airline, please contact Corporate Communications at or (317) 471-2470.

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