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Thrust Flight Announces New Partnership with Spirit Airlines




For Immediate Release: June 22, 2023

Addison, TX: Thrust Flight announces a partnership with Spirit Airlines that gives Thrust Flight instructors and students the opportunity to progress to a future career with Spirit. The Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway program will allow Thrust Flight pilots, who have achieved the requirements for an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, to quickly move to Spirit as First Officers flying the carrier’s Airbus A320 Family aircraft.

Thrust Flight CEO Patrick Arnzen said, “The Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway showcases the trust that major airlines place in our training. This partnership will create a pathway to abundant career opportunities, enabling our pilots to embark on a journey with a fast-growing commercial airline. Together, we will empower a new generation of aviators to achieve their dreams.”

By implementing this pathway program, Spirit will have access to a pool of professional pilots who are fully prepared and equipped to join the Spirit team.  Thrust Flight instructors and students from their Zero Time to Airline® program will have the opportunity to apply for the pathway program as soon as they’ve reached 500 hours of total flight time. If successful in Spirit’s interview process, they will receive a conditional offer of employment.

“Thrust Flight is a top-tier flight school, and our new partnership is a great addition to the Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway program that expands Spirit’s pipeline of professional pilots,” said Ryan Rodosta, Senior Director of Flight Operations and System Chief Pilot for Spirit Airlines. “Our continued growth makes this the perfect time to land a career on the flight deck with Spirit, which comes with opportunities to fly new planes, experience new destinations, and enjoy a great quality of life.”

Conveniently located minutes away from Spirit’s Pilot crew base at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Thrust Flight provides excellent pilot training, offering graduates the chance to build valuable connections and advance toward a rewarding career as a Spirit First Officer.

Spirit flies some of the newest, most fuel-efficient aircraft in the industry across a network of 90+ destinations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. More brand-new planes are planned for delivery in 2023, creating opportunities for First Officers to quickly upgrade to Captain. Spirit’s Pilots recently approved a contract that provides a significant pay increase and other enhanced benefits. Spirit also offers its Pilots industry-leading training and great quality of life.

This partnership gives Thrust Flight’s students and instructors another avenue to pursue a successful career in aviation. Thrust Flight’s mission is to be able to provide the best education and career opportunities for the next generation of pilots.

About Thrust Flight

Thrust Flight is a leading flight school with multiple locations in North Texas. Over the course of their 15-year history, they have trained thousands of pilots who have traveled from around the world to train with them. Through their flagship program, Zero Time to Airline®, they fully prepare flight students for a career at the airlines.

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