Republic Airline Signs Pilot Hiring Agreement with Lewis

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Republic Airline Signs Pilot Hiring Agreement with Lewis University

Published: November 28, 2017.

Lewis University Flight Management students may now interview with Republic Airline as early as sophomore year thanks to a recently signed agreement with the airline and Lewis University. The RJet Cadet & Pilot Prep Programs offer students a defined career path in commercial aviation through Republic Airline.

“Pilot development opportunities continue to be a primary focus at Republic. We’re thrilled that Lewis University is joining our cadre of flight program partners,” Tonya Gilbert, Republic Airline managing director of Innovation and Associate Experience, said.

Students meeting Republic’s qualifications, will receive a conditional offer of employment, transitional support to Republic’s commercial training program, and be eligible to receive a signing bonus of as much as $15,000. Republic pilots train to fly the Embraer E170 and E175 aircraft, the most advanced commercial aircraft in the aviation industry.

“This partnership formalizes our Republic Airline relationship, from which our students already have benefited in recent years on an informal basis,” Dr. Ryan Phillips, co-chair of Aviation Transportation Studies at Lewis University. “This agreement serves as a foundation for many more student opportunities in the future.”

Republic Airline, based in Indianapolis, operates a fleet of approximately 190 Embraer 170/175 aircraft and offers scheduled passenger service with 950 daily flights to 100 cities in 35 U.S. states, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. The airline provides fixed-fee flights operated under its major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express. The airline employs about 5,500 aviation professionals. Visit for more on the Republic Airline Pilot Cadet Program.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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