American Airlines to bring back pilots and start hiring again
The Fort Worth-based airline attributes its strong spring season after the coronavirus disrupted travel plans across the world.
WASHINGTON – American Airlines announced in a memo on Tuesday that all pilots who had been “recalled” during the COVID-19 pandemic would return to work.
The company said it plans to resume pilot recruiting this fall as well with around 300 new hires expected by the end of the year and another 300 by the end of 2022. American Airlines attributes its strong spring season after the coronavirus upended travel plans across the world.
In October 2020, American Airlines cut more than 40,000 jobs, including 19,000 as a result of time off and layoffs. On top of that, about 23,500 employees took buyouts, took early retirement, or took long-term leave. The announcement of her layoff came a day after Delta Air Lines announced it would lay off 1,941 pilots in October unless it reaches a cost-cutting deal with the pilots’ union.
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“This positive news for our pilots and our airline represents a change of course; an exciting change on many levels and not just for the pilots returning to the airline or those who will soon be joining us,” the note read. of American Airlines. “Recruiting, hiring and training a diverse group of professional aviators is our ongoing goal and will play a critical role in the success of our airline for years to come.”
American Airlines added in its memo that “conditional job offers” that were offered to individuals before the pandemic will always be honored. He said his pilot recruiting team would be in touch.
Airlines across the United States are adding flights for the summer vacation season in hopes passengers will show up. American Airlines said last week that it plans to run about 90% of its pre-pandemic program in the United States this summer.
In March, American Airlines told 13,000 workers who received layoff notices in February to “tear them up” after Congress passed the $ 1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. The American Rescue Plan provided funding to support the payroll.
“The full recovery will come sooner for leisure airlines and later for international and long-haul business airlines” like Delta, American and United, said Peter McNally, analyst for research firm Third Bridge.
Not only are travelers and pilots returning to American Airlines, the company said beverage services will return on May 1 for premium cabins on domestic flights. On June 1, beverage service will resume for the main cabin.
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