Flying for Horizon Air
Flying for Horizon Air

Pilots at Horizon Air

Regional flying:
West is best

As a pilot for Horizon Air, you will be among the best in the regional airline industry as you fly throughout the West. To help keep you at the top of your game, we offer attractive compensation, development opportunities, a path to our mainline carrier Alaska Airlines, and a great team that's known for its skill and close-knit teamwork.

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  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of total flight time or R-ATP qualified.
  • 500 hours of cross country flight time or 200 if R-ATP or military qualified.
  • 100 hours of night flight time.
  • 250 total hours of flight time as pilot in command including 100 hours of cross country flight time and 25 hours of night flight time.
  • 75 hours of instrument flight time in actual or simulated instrument conditions.
  • 25 hours of multi-engine flight time; prefer 100 hours.
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings.
  • Must possess a current First-Class FAA Medical Certificate.
  • FCC permit restricted radiotelephone operator.
  • Must have and be able to maintain a valid passport allowing unrestricted travel, without a TRP, to and from the U.S.
  • Must possess valid Driver's License and authorized to work in the U.S.
  • High School diploma or equivalent; prefer a four-year degree from an accredited university.
  • Minimum age of 21 years old.
  • Must be willing to accept a base assignment in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Spokane, WA, Boise, ID, or Medford, OR based on company need.

For aspiring pilots

Just starting out or working on your minimums? Explore our Ascend programs for ambitious pilots who’ve set Horizon Air or Alaska Airlines on their career paths.

Learn more about Ascend Pilot Programs


As of October 2018, our operational fleet includes:

41 Bombardier Dash-8 Q400,

with an average age of 11 years

18 Embraer 175 aircraft,

with an average age of less than 1 year

Our bases

From the rugged mountains to white sandy beaches, wild outposts to hip urban centers, we call the West home. Our pilot domiciles are in Seattle, Spokane, Boise, Medford, and Portland.

From there, we fly to destinations throughout the United States and Canada.

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Where metropolitan lifestyles meet exciting outdoor adventures. Seattle is home for our headquarters.
Where metropolitan lifestyles meet exciting outdoor adventures. Seattle is home for our headquarters.


In addition to a performance-driven, family-like culture, we offer a total rewards package that amounts up to $84,200 for first-year pilots. Our package includes competitive compensation and per diem, comprehensive benefits, quarterly and annual bonus programs.

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