American Airlines is planning to hire 1,500 pilots in the next five years and is projecting a monthly demand of 45 to 50 through the summer of 2014.
The new pilots will replace retiring employees, help reduce the impact of projected pilot-rest requirements by the Federal Aviation Administration that will be implemented next year, and man American's expanded fleet.
“Today marks an important step toward a bright future at the new American,” American's John Hale said in a statement. “We’re providing our current pilots with the strongest career advancement and growth opportunities in more than a decade, while continuing to build a premier airline and world-class employer they can be proud to fly for throughout their careers. American takes great pride in the exceptional quality of our pilots, and we’re excited to continue building our team through this selective hiring and recruitment process. We’re confident that our proposed merger with US Airways will provide even greater opportunities for all of our people.”
The company expects its first new recruits to start training by the end of the year.