After Massive Aircraft Order, United Says It Will Hire 25,000 New Employees by 2026

By Kurt Stolz on 29 June 2021
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United Airlines, fresh on the heels of announcing its largest aircraft order ever, said Tuesday it plans to add 25,000 new union jobs by 2026 to support the flying that the new jetliners will bring to the company.

The move comes just one year after airlines were parking hundreds of planes in the desert amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in air travel, but the rebound in leisure travel has given airline executives confidence in the future even absent a rebound in business travel.

The Chicago-based airline will add 500 aircraft in the next five years, including the 200 Boeing 737 Max jets and the 70 Airbus A321neo planes.  That deal alone is valued at more than $30 billion at list prices before customary discounts.

United will use the new aircraft to replace much of its 50-seat fleet and other smaller, older aircraft.  The newer and larger planes can carry more passengers and will allow the airline to sell more premium seats.

The company also plans to refurbish existing planes with new interiors that have larger overhead bins and built-in seatback screens for the in-flight entertainment system.

The move would increase the number of unionized workers at United by approximately 36%.

The new jobs will be for pilots, flight attendants, gate agents, ramp workers, and reservations agents, among others.  United will reportedly add 5,000 positions at its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport, which serves the New York City metrpolitan area; 4,000 at San Francisco International Airport; and 3,000 each at Chicago O’Hare, Denver International, Los Angeles International, and Washington Dulles International airports.

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