American Airlines has announced plans to hire 1,500 pilots over the next five years.
The recruitment drive, which will commence this month, marks American’s largest pilot hiring in more than a decade. The first job posting was placed on Tuesday 1 October 2013, with the first new-hire class expected to begin training this winter.
“Today marks an important step toward a bright future at the new American,” said Captain John Hale, American’s vice president of flight. “We’re providing our current pilots with the strongest career advancement and growth opportunities in more than a decade, while continuing to build a premier airline and world-class employer they can be proud to fly for throughout their careers.
“American takes great pride in the exceptional quality of our pilots, and we’re excited to continue building our team through this selective hiring and recruitment process. We’re confident that our proposed merger with US Airways will provide even greater opportunities for all of our people,” he added.
American said it initially plans to hire 45-50 pilots per month until summer 2014, including pilots from its subsidiary, American Eagle.
The new hiring scheme follows a series of recent aircraft orders, including a mix of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, plus projected pilot retirements and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new rules governing pilot rest time, which come into effect in 2014.