FedEx Express (FedEx) has launched Purple Runway – A FedEx Pathways Program to support the airline and its feeder operators with a pipeline of highly trained and qualified pilots.

Along with its feeder operators at Mountain Air Cargo and Empire Airlines, FedEx will have a collaborative outreach and engagement programme to promote student interest in aviation careers at selected colleges and universities, beginning with Delta State University.

As the programme continues to roll out, FedEx and its feeder operators will work with other universities and aviation colleges around the country to educate potential pilots and other students on the opportunities and development programmes available to them at FedEx and its feeder operators.

“FedEx is initiating a new, industry-leading pilot development program to ensure a full pipeline of pilots for us and the industry at large,” explained FedEx Chairman and CEO, Frederick W. Smith. He added that the programme is designed “to assist two of our feeder operators with the recruitment and retention of pilots who wish to develop their skills and experiences to eventually qualify for pilot opportunities at FedEx.”

The FedEx Express feeder network is a strategic component of the overall global linehaul network, serving markets too small for direct FedEx Express air linehaul service and markets where FedEx Express does not have operating rights. The feeder network is composed of more than 300 aircraft serving 45 countries.