American Airlines Flight 718, the first commercial flight of the US Boeing 737 MAX since regulators lifted a 20-month primer in November, will take off from Miami, Florida, USA on December 29, 2020.
Marco Bello | Reuters
American Airlines plans to resume hiring pilots in the fall, the airline told aviators on Tuesday as a recovery in demand prompts airlines to rethink their future staffing levels.
The Coronavirus Pandemic In March last year, airline hiring plans were derailed as airlines scrambled to cut staff numbers to cut costs as demand for travel fell. American said last week that it plans to fly more than 90% of its domestic flight schedule for 2019 this summer.
Bookings have since rebounded, led by travelers flying within the US, airlines recently reported.
United Airlines also plans to resume hiring pilots next month while low-cost carriers Spirit Airlines started training for new pilots in March. JetBlue Airways has also made plans to hire pilots later this year.
American plans to hire 300 new pilots by the end of the year and double that number by 2022, US vice president of aviation operations Chip Long wrote in an employee note watched by CNBC.
The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline has approximately 15,000 pilots, though hundreds have retired early or will no longer fly for years to 65, the federal retirement age for airline pilots.
International corporate and long haul demand remains weak as travel restrictions persist and large carriers continue to lose money. United reported a loss of $ 1.4 billion in the first quarter on Monday Delta Airlines last week said it was almost lost $ 1.2 billion in the first three months of the year.
American will detail its demand and hiring outlook when it releases quarterly results the Thursday before the market opens.