FAPA.aero | Pilot Hiring History - Monthly - Current Year

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Major Airline Pilot Hiring 2017 by MonthReturn to Hiring History

Airline Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul YTD

Alaska Airlines
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20

24

36

14

0

0

24

118

American Airlines
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77

77

79

80

41

25

25

404

Atlas Air
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24

35

32

42

40

51

34

258

Delta Air Lines
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78

104

96

98

98

80

95

649

FedEx
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44

47

35

50

35

36

39

286

JetBlue
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30

28

27

34

19

7

17

162

Southwest Airlines
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84

84

82

44

72

73

54

493

Spirit Airlines
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32

32

40

40

38

36

36

254

United Airlines
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32

44

66

91

21

0

0

254

UPS
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73

26

43

10

28

44

28

252

TOTALS 494 501 536 503 392 352 352 3130


          Figures in future months represent anticipated class sizes. Carriers that have not published a complete monthly breakdown may have a YTD total.


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Alaska Airlines

Hired 24 in July and 118 year-to-date. Alaska sent pilot recruiters to FAPA's Pilot Job Fair in SEA on August 25th.

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357

American Airlines

Hired 25 pilots in July and 404 year-to-date. Plans to hire approximately 750 in 2017.

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22

Atlas Air

Hired 34 in July and 258 year-to-date. Currently interviewing once per quarter for both 767 & 747. Also hiring for B-737 for Southern Air. 1,500 total time if a graduate of a 141, 142, or a U.S. Military training program and holds a SIC/PIC type rating in a turbojet aircraft (or 2000 hours of total time and 500 hours turbine time). Click for the full job posting and to apply.Atlas sent pilot recruiters to FAPA's Pilot Job Fair in LAS on April 21.

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7

Delta Air Lines

Hired 95 pilots in July and 649 year-to-date.

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9

FedEx

Hired 39 pilots in July and 286 year-to-date. 300 to 350 forecasted to be hired in 2017.

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34

JetBlue

Hired 17 pilots in July and 162 year-to-date. Hiring 17 in July. Interviewing twice per month in 2017. Classes for selected pilots should be approximately 2 months after interview. Plans to hire 371 in 2017.

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11

Southwest Airlines

Hired 54 pilots in July and 493 year-to-date. Expects four classes of 26 new pilots in August. Increased projected 2017 hiring to 885 pilots.

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43

Spirit Airlines

Hired 36 pilots in July and 254 year-to-date. 350 pilots forecasted to be hired in 2017. Sent pilot recruiters to FAPA's Denver Job Fair on June 23, 2017.

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12

United Airlines

No hiring in July and 254 year-to-date. Next planned classes are in February or March of 2018. Subject to change. United expects to hire significantly more in 2018. The early retirement of the 747s is part of the reason for the reduced hiring. There were 375 pilots assigned to that plane.
See pilot hiring FAQ (updated May 2017).
There are 271 pilots on furlough bypass, and all will be back or resigned by the fall of 2019 because the 10-yr recall rights expire. About 220 were involuntarily furloughed and will be assigned to available positions. Those who chose voluntary furlough may return to the crew position at the time of their departure.

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13

UPS

Hired 28 in July and 252 year-to-date. Expects to hire approximately 325 in 2017. UPS is sending pilot recruiters to FAPA's Pilot Job Fair in MCO on October 28.

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Tom Hiltner

Vice President - Operations

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Tom Hiltner is a native of Margate, NJ and has been a part of the FAPA.aero team since 2012.  Since then he has progressed from Director of Content and Communications to Vice President of Operations. Tom is responsible for the products offered by FAPA.aero to its members, as well as planning and executing pilot career conferences and Job Fairs around the country. As an active airline pilot, Tom understands how important achieving career goals is to each and every pilot he serves. 

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