American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) today announced it is beginning the process to recruit and hire approximately 1,500 new pilots over the next five years, American’s largest pilot hiring in more than a decade. American will open the job posting Oct. 1, with the first new-hire class expected to begin training this winter.
According to the airline, “American’s ability to welcome new pilots is a result of its broad fleet renewal efforts that include taking delivery of new single-aisle Airbus aircraft and a mix of narrow body and wide body Boeing aircraft, an expansion of flying to international destinations important to customers, projected pilot retirements and the Federal Aviation Administration’s new rest and duty time rules that come into effect in 2014. Today’s news reflects the measurable progress and momentum the airline has achieved through its restructuring, along with its strengthened financial position.”
American currently anticipates the need to initially hire approximately 45 to 50 pilots per month through at least summer 2014, including pilots from American Eagle Airlines, Inc. and the appropriate balance from external sources. The comprehensive hiring process will include an online assessment evaluating each pilot’s skill set, experience and compatibility with American’s brand values; interviews; and a multi-step background check process. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit aacareers.com.
Copyright Photo: Brian Peters/AirlinersGallery.com. A beautiful ramp portrait of brand new Airbus A319-115 N9004F (msn 5745) with Sharklets. The new addition joined the AA fleet on August 19, 2013.