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Aircraft. Carriers are urgently looking for pilots

Due to increased demand for travel and cuts made during the pandemic

The US air carriers have started a wild race for the pilot hiring, who are going to sit in planes that, after being parked on the ground for tens of months due to the pandemic, have returned to operate on intercontinental routes. And while bookings increase significantly as the year-end holidays approach, many airlines find themselves uncovered. All the fault of early retirement and staff cuts made during the most acute phase of the health emergency to make liquidity. 

Now the companies have started hiring plans that ensure really interesting bonuses to the new pilots. The goal is to progressively restore the workforce, reduced during the pandemic. Major US carriers could take on around 4,200 in 2021, to reach more than 9,000 next year. This is what emerges from an analysis by, a financial advisor for professional pilots. Just think, for comparison, that before the pandemic in 2019, the main American air carriers had hired about 5,000.

There is not only the hiring node. Many pilots who are retired or who had to switch to new types of aircraft have undergone retraining programs to put their professionalism back on the market. Big companies say they have no problem finding candidates, but analysts say the pandemic has accelerated a long-feared crisis. For this reason, some airlines have entered into partnerships with flight schools and universities to secure a constant pool of candidates.

Some concerns remain: many pilots are close to retirement age (4400 left last year), the transit from the military to civilian sector has decreased, while American federal rules require young aspirants to fly at least 1500 hours before be hired at a regional company.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency