The Pilot Pathways Program

Your path to Alaska Airlines has been cleared.

If you have your sights set on flying for Alaska, the Pilot Pathways Program makes it a no-hassle proposition. Alaska Airlines targets to hire 50% of its new hires from Horizon Air.

How It Works


  • Be an active Horizon pilot.
  • Log at least 50 hours of flight time in the last 12 months.
  • Hold a first-class medical.


  • Interview successfully with Horizon Air.
  • After continuing qualification (CQ), apply for the Pathways program.
  • Meet with an Alaska pilot and recruiter.


  • Be hired as a first officer for Horizon Air.
  • Fly with Horizon, working toward Alaska minimums. Alaska will perform quarterly reviews of your performance.
  • Once you meet minimums and perform to Alaska’s standards, you’ll be offered a seat with Alaska automatically (in seniority order), and slotted for training.

More than meeting minimums

Other benefits of flying with Horizon Air:

  • You’ll have an insider’s view to Alaska Airlines.
  • You’ll receive industry leading training and support.
  • You’ll live and play in some of the nation’s most dynamic and enjoyable cities.