United Airlines First U.S. Airline to Resume Hiring Pilots

By Kurt Stolz on 2 April 2021
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United Airlines became the first of the major U.S. airlines to start to hire new pilots, according to an internal e-mail.

“With vaccination rates increasing and travel demand trending upwards, I’m excited to share that United will resume the pilot hiring process that was halted last year,” said Bryan Quigley, the airline’s vice president of flight operations.

The Chicago-based airline is expected to start with 300 new pilots who were already scheduled for a new-hire class that was cancelled amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel or who were given a conditional job offer in 2020.

Last year, United Airlines and its pilots union announced an agreement that averted the furlough of some 3,000 pilots to until at least June 2021.

The deal called for pilots to reduce their hours in order to avoid the layoffs that would otherwise have been necessary given the significantly reduced demand for travel amidst the pandemic.

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