October 25, 2018

Propel Program to provide flight training financial assistance for students and employees

Delta recently launched the Delta Propel Pilot Career Path Program to identify, select and develop the next generation of pilots.

The Propel program is designed to provide participants with the support they need to overcome the traditional barriers to becoming a Delta pilot — with one major barrier being the cost of quality flight training. As part of this industry leading program, students and employees who are accepted into the program will now be able to apply for a competitively priced private student loan from Wells Fargo to assist with the cost of flight training.

Company Path Financials

The Company Pilot Career Path is designed to provide current Delta employees a career transition opportunity and the support to pursue a pilot career.

To assist with the cost of quality flight training, qualified Propel Company Path participants will be able to apply for a competitively priced fixed-rate or variable rate private student loan from Wells Fargo.  The Wells Fargo Collegiate® loan1 provides funding for up to $75,000 of flight school costs to eligible Propel Company Path participants, without a cosigner in many cases. 

While program participants are encouraged to consider all available financing options, features of the Wells Fargo Collegiate® loan1 include a competitive interest rate and additional product features.*

More information can be found on the Propel Company Pilot Career Path page. Those selected to participate in the Delta Propel Career Path program may contact Wells Fargo for full loan details.

College Path Financials

The Collegiate Pilot Career Path is designed to provide participants the support they need to navigate the journey from collegiate flight training to a career as a Delta pilot.

Delta recognizes flight costs as a significant barrier to progression for individuals majoring in aviation or flight. To address this issue, qualified Propel Collegiate Path participants will be able to apply for a competitively priced fixed-rate or variable rate private student loan from Wells Fargo. The Wells Fargo Collegiate® loan1 provides funding for up to $25,000 of flight school costs to eligible Propel Collegiate Path participants, without a cosigner in many cases. 

The college path loan provides optional funding for flight school costs — helping students achieve advanced ratings or certificates — to eligible Propel Collegiate Path participants. 

While program participants should consider all available financing options, features of the Wells Fargo Collegiate® loan1 include a competitive interest rate and additional product features.*

More information can be found on the Propel Collegiate Pilot Career Path page. Those selected to participate in the Delta Propel Career Path program may contact Wells Fargo for full loan details.

Propel Program

This industry leading program complements the traditional, existing paths to becoming a Delta pilot and has three main areas of focus — college, company and community.

During the next decade, Delta expects to hire more than 8,000 pilots to staff the thousands of daily flights it operates around the world as half of the current pilot workforce approaches mandatory retirement age. The Propel program will supplement the airline’s current recruiting structure, which includes recruiting and hiring pilots currently flying in the airline, military and corporate sectors.

Regardless of the path, any pilot participating in the program will meet all the qualification requirements and testing aspects of Delta’s current pilot hiring model, which will be metered over the course of their development.

As part of its college path, Delta hosted on-campus events at all of its eight partner colleges in September. Students, faculty, parents and administrators were invited to the local kick-off events to learn more about the program and meet with the Delta Propel team and Delta leadership.

Additional information about the program and the airline’s partner universities and flight training providers can be found on propel.delta.com.  

*Underwriting decisions are based on individual credit worthiness and are the sole responsibility of Wells Fargo.

1 The Wells Fargo Collegiate® Loanservice mark is owned by Wells Fargo & Company.​