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Monday, August 25, 2008

Pilot Hiring Halved in July, Regional Hiring Continues

Airlines that report to AIR, Inc. hired a total of 287 pilots in July, 56 percent fewer than in the previous month. National carriers hired the most with 79, followed by the majors with 72. The non-jet carriers put 33 pilots into their flight decks and Jet-operators hired 18. Other airlines added an additional 77. The pilot furlough numbers rose slightly from 2,327 in June to 2,397 in July, but unfortunately that number will continue to increase through the remainder of the year.
Air Inc. reported that 78 out of 175 airlines that report are still hiring pilots. Southwest is the only major airline that is still interviewing pilots for their pool. Four national airlines and 10 jet operators are still hiring. Seventeen non-jet operators will be taking on new pilots and the crew leasing and foreign sectors are still adding crewmembers to their flight decks.
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