Southwest Airlines® at the Professional Asian Pilots Association (PAPA) Expo
Thanks for flying by! We're so glad you're here. Southwest® is proud to be the Title Sponsor of the Professional Asian Pilots Association (PAPA) Expo 2023. Visit our Pilot Hiring Team and Destination 225° Program Team atBooths 101 and 107 or join one of our Industry Briefings below.
Pilot Recruitment info session Time: 1400 - 1500 Location: Pavilion 9
Exhibit Hall hours
0900 - 1600: Southwest Airlines booth open
Don't delay! Apply as a Southwest Pilot today.
We post a new Southwest Pilot opportunity on the seventh of each month (e.g., May 7). We’re migrating our Pilot - First Officer application process exclusively to Southwest Careers, as we enhance the user experience and application security. During this transition, if you’ve previously uploaded profile information or files to Pilot Credentials, we’re working to migrate that information to our applicant tracking system.
During an open hiring window, please apply to the Pilot - First Officer role on Careers.Southwestair.com. You're required to apply for an open position for interview consideration.
Provide your required documents
In our new process, we'll ask for additional information and files to be sent directly to the Southwest Pilot Hiring Team during the application journey. No action is required at this time, and we will contact you with additional guidance or requests for information as needed.
Minimum qualifications for First Officer
USA DOT/FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. The certificate, which display the following:
"Airplane Multiengine Land" Category and Class Ratings
"English Proficient" limitation
USA DOT/FAA First Class Medical Certificate and, if applicable, any necessary Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate (Authorization) or Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SODA) issued by the Federal Air Surgeon.
Preferred: 500 hours in a fixed-wing turbine aircraft or successfully completed all aspects of a Destination 225° pathway program
Preferred: Actively flying for two of the last five years
Note: PIC time is defined as Captain or Aircraft Commander of record or pilot signing for the aircraft (not sole manipulator of the controls)
Note: Only time in a fixed-wing aircraft is counted, this specifically excludes simulator, helicopter, WSO, RIO, FE, NAV, EWO, and UAV
How Captain Ernie leads with Heart
Whether he’s inspiring viewers through his “Pilot Life” videos on his YouTube Channel, motivating and mentoring aspiring aviators, or leading with Heart in all of his travels, Captain Ernie Meeks is the Heart of Southwest Airlines. With over three decades of piloting experience, Ernie hopes to make Customers, Crews, and fellow aviators everywhere the best version of themselves.
Our Heart starts with our People
Want to work in a unique, People-first Culture, with competitive benefits and a solid record of job security? Southwest Airlines is growing, and we’re looking for top-notch Employees to grow with us.
Benefits for First Officers you'll love:
Fly for free on any open seat on all Southwest flights—see all the destinations Southwest serves (your eligible dependents fly, too)
15% non-elective contribution (B-Fund) deposited into your 401(k)*
A ProfitSharing contribution toward retirement—when we profit, you profit*
Competitive health insurance for you and your eligible dependents
Opportunity to purchase 10% off Southwest Airlines common stock, LUV, traded on NYSE
Company-paid Loss of License
*ProfitSharing contributions are subject to the plan’s vesting schedule and are made at the discretion of the Company.
Why Southwest Airlines?
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We’re committed to a work environment where everyone can be themselves and recognized for the unique perspectives they each bring forward. Diversity, equity, and inclusion aren’t just buzzwords—they’re woven into how we run our business, and they’re reflected in our world-famous Culture.
Our unique Southwest Culture is woven into all aspects of our business, from how we treat each other to how we provide Next-Level Hospitality to our Customers. All Employees are responsible for preserving and invigorating our Culture, regardless of position or tenure, which strengthens our Culture of caring. It’s a source of pride among Employees and at the Heart of who we are.
Unveiling Imua One: A high-flying tribute to Southwest Employees and the People in Hawaii who welcomed us with warm aloha.
It’s hard to believe Southwest began serving the Hawaiian Islands four years ago! We’re grateful for the warm embrace of aloha that guided that journey to serve the communities of Hawaii. Imua is a rallying cry in the Hawaiian language that translates to an urging forward, and it underscores a key value at Southwest—Teamwork.
A career with Heart
Our People are the Heart of Southwest Airlines. We're proud that our Employees bring their whole selves to work every day.
Breaking barriers, one flight at a time
“Don’t let anyone discourage you about the career or any bias and misconceptions that may come with it.”