By Kyle Garrett
At a July 22nd presentation at Airline Transport Professionals in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, recruiting officials from American Eagle airlines announced they will begin hiring more new pilots, add 22 new regional jets to their fleet, and that pilots are moving from the commuter airline up to American Airlines more quickly.
According to American Eagle, the airline is the second largest regional carrier in the U.S. with a fleet of over 250 regional jet and turboprop aircraft and employs more than 2,600 pilots. American Eagles’ vice president of flight operations Jim Winkley says “American Eagle anticipates having among the greatest demand for pilot hiring in 2010 and 2011 due to improved fleet utilization, delivery of additional aircraft, and (pilot) attrition.
“American Eagle anticipates strong demand for pilot hiring in the near future. Long-term trends favor continued pilot hiring as well” according to Winkley.