Air Inc. Releases January '04 Summary
It looks like 2004 is
getting off to a great start for airline pilot hiring. Air Inc.,
the pilot recruiting company just released its January Hiring
Summary and the numbers are promising. THe company claims, "Not
since November 2002 have carriers reported hiring numbers this
high." Air Inc. says national carriers lead the way by hiring 266
pilots in January.
The summary indicates that Jet Operator and Non-jet Operator
divisions hired 111 and 98 respectfully. The Majors are hiring once
again, taking on 67 additional pilots last month. For the most
part, the furlough numbers continued to decline, dropping 2.45
percent from 9,905 on furlough in December to 9668 last month. The
National sector rose slightly, up 7.27 percent, from 578 to 620.
The Non-jet Operators reported only 43 pilots on furlough and
pilots within the Major sector fell 2.85 percent from 9,105 to
8,919. Airlines reporting to AIR, Inc. forecast approximately 4,300
new pilot jobs in the next 12 months and there's not doubt the
hiring numbers in January support this! AIR, Inc. forecasts between
6,500 - 7,000 new pilots jobs for 2004!
The four Major cargo carriers came out of hibernation last
month. FedEx, ABX (formerly Airborne Express), United Parcel
Service (UPS), and ASTAR all reported hiring possibilities for the
coming year. FedEx, though not hiring in 2004, announced they are
once again accepting resume updates online. Although ABX currently
has 32 pilots on furlough, they are accepting resumes. UPS
offered words of encouragement to pilots attending the DFW AIR,
Inc. Job Fair in January by telling the hopeful attendees to "stay
current and get ready." Astar reported to AIR, Inc. that they will
be interviewing pilots in February for 6 six positions and may hire
an additional 10 pilots in the near future. It looks like the
silent era of the cargo carriers is over!
The Los Angeles AIR, Inc. Airline Pilot Career Job Fair/Seminar
will be held April 23-25 at the LAX Airport Marriott Hotel. Many
airlines have been invited to attend and as of February 10, America
West, American Eagle, AirNet, JetBlue, and Tab Express have
accepted. AIR, Inc. expects at least 15 airlines to attend.