In 2004 Jelani accepted an opportunity to act as a co-pilot for a small charter company. He worked concurrently as a Certified Flight Instructor and charter co-pilot until completing his degree in 2005. Jelani was hired in 2005 at Air Cargo Carriers to fly turboprops. He flew on various company contracts in support of DHL, UPS, and the U.S. military throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In 2007 he began working in the training department as a ground instructor, simulator instructor, and check airman. In 2009 Jelani accepted a position flying and managing a private jet based in Eastern Europe. During that period, he flew throughout the Middle East, Africa, and East and West Europe. Omni Air International (OAI) hired Jelani in summer 2010 as a First Officer on the 757/767. He currently works as a First Officer at FedEx Express.