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Endeavor Air is partnering with parent company Delta to attract the best pilots to both carriers with a new hiring program. Starting June 15, the new Endeavor-to-Delta Pilot Hiring and Commitment Program (EtD Commitment) will use Delta’s rigorous hiring protocol. Through the program, every new Endeavor pilot will receive a commitment to be hired by Delta in the future. Applicant screening under the new EtD Commitment program will begin immediately.

Ryan Gumm, president – Endeavor Air, said this is a first for the industry. “No other regional airline is providing new pilots with this level of commitment for future employment with a mainline carrier,” he said. “Identifying a clear career path is vitally important to pilots, and we’ve designed this program to help position Endeavor as a natural first choice for the best pilots.”

Through the EtD Commitment, Endeavor will use Delta’s screening and interview process to select pilots based on the same high standards used by Delta. Delta representatives also will participate in the selection process. Endeavor pilots hired under the EtD Commitment and whose experience at Endeavor meets Delta’s high standards will have the opportunity to be hired by Delta based on seniority at Endeavor.

Don Bornhorst, senior vice president – Delta Connection at Delta Air Lines, said this is a good move for both airlines. “With this unique hiring program, Endeavor will attract career-focused pilots. Delta also will benefit from the future employment of pilots who have been selected and trained to our high standards, have demonstrated performance and experience at Endeavor, and have a clear understanding of the Delta brand.”

The EtD Commitment will, along with an existing screening program for current Endeavor pilots, fill approximately one-third of Delta’s future pilot hiring needs. Delta expects to hire thousands of pilots in the coming years as many of its current pilots reach mandatory FAA retirement age. The EtD Commitment will serve as one pathway to a pilot career at Delta along with the traditional application process through which Delta has thousands of qualified applicants competing for positions.

More details about the EtD Commitment program are available on: www.endeavorair.com.

About Endeavor Air

Endeavor Air is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. Flying as Delta Connection, Endeavor operates 150 regional jets on 850 daily flights to more than 100 cities in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., hub operations are located in Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul and New York.

About Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine’stop 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years.With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connectioncarriers offer service to 333 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta’s blog takingoff.delta.com

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