AIR, Inc. Predicts Up To 10,000 New Jobs This Year
More than 300 pilots met with 52
representatives from 17 major, national, and regional airlines
during AIR, Inc.’s Airline Pilot Career Seminar, Airline
Forum, and Job Fair in Phoenix (AZ) earlier this month. Based on
that and other factors, AIR, Inc. predicts approximately 7,000 -
10,000 new airline pilot jobs for 2004.
"During the Job Fair Saturday evening, American Eagle reported
collecting more than enough résumés to fill 35
interview positions for late June and July, CitationShares
interviewed pilots for 16 new crews, while other airlines handed
out applications and received numerous résumés" said
Kit Darby, president of AIR, Inc. "Yes, 2004 is definitely looking
better for the pilot job market. At the current rate, airline pilot
hiring for 2004 will exceed 9,000 new jobs!" Year-to-date, 4,068
pilots have been hired by 117 different airlines - About as many
pilots as were hired in 2003 (4,743).
The 17 airlines represented at the Job Fair in Phoenix on June
12 were three majors: America West, FedEx and Southwest Airlines;
five nationals: AirNet, American Eagle, ASA, Comair and Mesa
Airlines; four jet operators: Ameriflight, Skyway Airlines,
TradeWinds and USA 3000 Airlines; two Non-Jet: PSA Airlines and TAB
Express; Fractional: CitationShares; two Others: CAE Simuflite,
Gulfstream International. Highlights of the seminar included
Aeroservice Aviation Training Academy, a commercial aviation
training organization based in Miami (FL), awarding a choice of a
free B-727/737/747 type rating, valued at $8,400, to seminar
attendee Dennis Lorenson from Sierra Vista (AZ).
Some of the other items awarded during the seminar included a
sim prep, valued at $375, donated by Higher Power Aviation and two
CRJ 200 FMS Training CD’s valued at $499 each, donated by
In addition to the seminar, seven separate workshops were
offered throughout the weekend. The workshops featured were
Furlough Survival, Crew Resource Management, Military to Airline
Transition, Résumés/Applications, Interview Survival,
Civilian to Airline Transition, and Testing and Simulator Check.
The next AIR, Inc. Airline Pilot Career Seminar, Airline Forum, Job
Fair and Workshops is scheduled for September 17-19, 2004, at the
Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in Washington (DC).