Q: Am I required to have a B737 Type Rating to be hired at Southwest Airlines?

A: A Boeing 737 Type Rating is no longer required prior to a job offer.  Pilot candidates must still have a U.S. FAA unrestricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with an AMEL endorsement to be considered a valid applicant.

Q: I have just obtained a B737 Type Rating, how will Southwest evaluate that achievement? 

A: Some candidates may have recently received a B737 Type Rating; we understand their commitment and recognize they may be targeting an opportunity at Southwest Airlines.  That commitment will not go unrecognized. Even though the type rating is no longer required, it is still beneficial and will continue to have value in the screening process.

Q: How will I know my profile has landed and being reviewed?

A: Once you've created a profile you will receive a confirmation email.  You will receive no additional emails confirming you profile status.  Your profile is visible as soon as it is created; there is no “submit” button. Once your profile is complete as indicated by the green check marks, your profile will be reviewed.

Q: When will I hear whether or not I will be asked to interview?

A: Once your profile is complete it will be evaluated and if you are selected for interview you will be contacted by Southwest Airlines People Department. Please do not call to check the status of your profile. Our staff simply cannot handle the volume of calls.

Q: If I interviewed recently will I be considered during this Pilot Hiring event?

A: Yes, however, candidates must submit application at for each hiring event to be considered for that cycle hiring cycle.  Candidate may use the same profile for each hiring event. Please ensure the profile is current as changes may occur between hiring events.

Q: How do you define "Pilot In Command?"

A: PIC for this purpose is defined as Captain/Aircraft Commander of record, not simply the sole manipulator of the controls.  For military personnel, Southwest Airlines will allow flight time logged as "Pilot in Command" (PIC) only if you are the Captain/Aircraft Commander, Evaluator, or Instructor Pilot. Primary time will only be considered PIC on a specific aircraft after an individual upgrades to Aircraft Commander in the appropriate aircraft. Time logged as "Other Time" will not be considered.

Q: How is my Grand Total flight time calculated?

A: Grand Total is the summation of PIC and SIC. Evaluator and Instructor time may be considered PIC.

Q: WILL Southwest consider my helicopter time?

A: Helicopter time may be logged in your profile flight hours tab using the drop down "single piston/rotor" Or "multi piston/rotor." This time will be considered but will not replace the minimum fixed wing or Jet/Turbine PIC requirements.

Q: What do you mean by military jet "transport?"

A: Some examples of military jets in the transport category are C-141, C-9, C-5, C-17.

Q: What do you mean by military jet "tactical?"

A: Some examples of military jets in the tactical category are F-18, F-15, F-16, S-3. Other single pilot jets including training aircraft i.e. T-37, T-38, T45 etc.

Q: Why do you need my e-mail address?

A: If we cannot contact you via phone, we need to have an alternate means of contacting you.

Q: Can I use a conversion factor when determining flight time accumulated in the military?

A: Yes. Military Conversion: When converting taxi time a conversion factor of .3 or 18 minutes, per leg/sortie should be used. These guidelines are imposed by Southwest Airlines for the purpose of standardizing the calculation of flight time.

Q: Will I be required to resign my seniority from my current employer prior to accepting a Pilot position with
Southwest Airlines?

A: You will be required to submit a signed letter of resignation from your previous carrier prior to your first
formal class day.

Q: What is my username for updating my profile?

A: Your username is your email address 

Q: What is my password for updating my profile?

A: Your password is the same password you used when filling out the profile form the first time.

Q: How often can I update my profile?

A:  You can update as often as you want but at least once a year to remain active.