Jet Blue to hire non military applicants for training to become full fledged pilots. If this plan works, it could slash carrier costs significantly. High school diploma or GED required and must be 23 years of age by the end of training. Training cost is expected to be around 125,000 per applicant. Now if this becomes a successful business plan, how soon, if at all, before X follows? If one weights the cost to train vs what is cost to pay an X pilot, it may be something for the future. How many 23 year old, GED holding, kids would say no to a low ball salary of 80,000 a year for working only 6 months out of the year? The company could make back the money it invested in training in 2 years time. Jet Blue is liable for the souls on the plane. X is liable for the packages. seems the higher risk is with Jet Blue not X.