Fast-moving fractional operator Flexjet is busy recruiting pilots here this week. “The company intends to grow its fleet by 14%, which will require growth in pilot ranks by 25% this year,” says a spokesman.

What’s in it for the aviators? Flexjet’s Red Label flyers – Red Label being the carrier’s premium offering and “leading differentiator” – enjoy compensation greater than that of their competitors by 25% or more. 

“This industry-leading pay and the opportunity to fly the industry’s youngest fleet with the most desirable aircraft are just a couple of the reasons why so many pilots are choosing to join the Red Label Program,” Flexjet says.

Flexjet says its fractional and lease sales increased 17% the first half of 2018 as compared with the same period in 2017. New business grew even more strongly, expanding by 76%, the firm says. 

“During the past several years, Flexjet has delivered the fractional industry’s youngest fleet, expanded service overseas and introduced innovative programs,” Flexjet CEO Michael Silvestro said last month. “The growth we have achieved is only a start as we strive every day to be the world’s premier private jet travel provider.”

In addition to higher pay, Flexjet pilots are promised a choice of more than 80 domiciles and the ability to change, company-paid travel to and from domiciles, medical plans covering families for less than $200 a month, company-paid short- and long-term disability, life insurance, loss-of-license insurance and the “highest per diem in the industry, dramatically improving the day-to-day experience on the road.” 

In addition, Flexjet says, every pilot is trained to PIC FAR Part 135 standards, making all eligible to be captains.