Delta to Hire 1,000 New Pilots by Next Summer

By Kurt Stolz on 22 June 2021
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Delta flight attendants and pilots after a flight

Delta Air Lines planes to hire more than 1,000 pilots by next summer as travel recovers from a coronavirus pandemic-induced decline.

The airline, which currently has 12,000 pilots, told employees in a memorandum viewed by Frequent Business Traveler that hiring would begin midyear and would start with 75 pilots in the period June through August.

“This is exciting news both for the pilots looking to join Delta and those of you already on the seniority list because it means career progression opportunities as we continue our recovery, account for scheduled pilot retirements and position for network expansion,” John Laughter, head of operations, wrote in the memo.

Earlier this year, the Atlanta-based carrier said it planned to have all of its pilots who were placed on inactive status due to the fall in travel retrained and back by fall.

The news comes as competitor American Airlines struggles with a pilot staffing shortage for its narrow-body aircraft that contributed to hundreds of cancellations over the weekend and that will continue to result in cancellations through July, the airline has said.

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