American Airlines Brings Back Hundreds of Pilots, Flight Attendants As Travel Industry Bounces Back
MIAMI – The airline industry continues to show signs of rebounding.
As more and more people take to the skies, American Airlines has had some very positive news for its pilots.
After months without work, American Airlines has announced that it will re-grant all recalled pilots to flight status by the end of the summer.
The announcement comes just days after the airline made public it would rehire 200 flight attendants who were on voluntary leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All of this is happening as the airline prepares for a busy summer.
American Airlines has announced plans to hire 300 new pilots by the end of the year and double that number in 2022.
The news for the pilots is a great relief after airline workers were told earlier this year that their jobs were in jeopardy.
13,000 American Airlines workers were told they could be laid off on April 1, when the last Congressional payroll support program was due to expire.
In the recent letter sent to employees and obtained by Local 10, Vice President of Flight Operations Captain Chip Long said in part:
“The positive news for our pilots and our airline represents a change of course; an exciting change on many levels, not only for the pilots returning to the airline, but also for those who will join us soon.
American Airlines has stated that its recruiting team will be in contact with these pilots very soon regarding the next steps to be taken.
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