AIR's February '05 Hiring Summary
In numbers just
disclosed to ANN, we're pleased to note that is only two months
into the new year, and already the airline industry hiring figures
have eclipsed last year's by 85, up 6% to 1,420 in
2005 versus 1,335 during the same period in 2004. Overall, the
total number of pilots hired dipped slightly from last month, from
764 in January to 657 in February. The Major airlines kept pace
with the Nationals, adding 197 and 227 pilots respectfully to their
flight decks. The Jet Operator sector employed an additional 57
pilots, down 39 from the same period last month, while the Non-jet
division stayed constant, hiring 95 in February, a slight decrease
from 111 in January.
The big buzz among pilots is the revised hiring forecast United
Parcel Service (UPS) announced this month. Originally scheduled to
hire approximately 100 pilots in '05, UPS raised the hiring bar to
300 for the year.
Adding to the
excitement, UPS signed a deal with Airbus for 10 A-380s with
delivery expected from 2009 through 2012. UPS also decreased its
present A300-600 order from 90 to 53. In additional to the new
aircraft, UPS is expected to receive 13 A-300s by July 2006.
Continental Airlines' pilots are rejoicing. Not only did the
nation's fifth largest carrier announce they would be recalling all
furloughed pilots by year's end, a total of 103, but might be
adding an additional 200, if continued growth permits.
Northwest Airlines (NWA) backed up their recall announcement
last by month (almost 200 in 2005), by signing an aircraft order
with Airbus. On January 27, NWA signed a deal for 10 new aircraft.
The order includes two new A-330-200s and six A-330-300s. Delivery
dates are to be announced.
AIR, Inc. will hold its 2nd Airline Pilot Job Fair and Seminar
of 2005 in Atlanta, GA on April 15-17. AirTran, America West,
JetBlue, AirNet, American Eagle, ASA, SkyWest, US Airways
subsidiaries Piedmont and PSA, USA Jet, World Airways, Ameriflight,
CAE Simuflight, Cathay Pacific, and Tab Express have already signed