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 YTD

Alaska Airlines
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20

24

36

14

0

94

American Airlines
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77

77

79

80

41

354

Atlas Air
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24

35

32

42

40

173

Delta Air Lines
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78

104

96

98

98

474

FedEx
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44

47

35

50

35

211

JetBlue
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30

28

27

34

19

138

Southwest Airlines
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84

84

82

44

72

366

Spirit Airlines
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32

32

40

40

38

182

United Airlines
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32

44

66

91

21

254

UPS
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73

26

43

10

28

180

TOTALS 494 501 536 503 392 2426


          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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3

Alaska Airlines

No hiring in May. Hired 94 year-to-date. Alaska is sending pilot recruiters to FAPA's Pilot Job Fair in SEA on August 25th.

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357

American Airlines

Hired 41 pilots in May and 354 year-to-date. Plans to hire approximately 750 in 2017.

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22

Atlas Air

Hired 40 in May and 173 year-to-date. Currently interviewing once a quarter and plans to hire approximately 280 pilots in 2017 (both 767 & 747 spots are available). Atlas sent pilot recruiters to FAPA's Pilot Job Fair in LAS on April 21.

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7

Delta Air Lines

Hired 98 pilots in May and 474 year-to-date. Delta pilots ratified new collective bargaining agreement on Dec. 1, 2016.

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9

FedEx

Hired 35 pilots in May and 211 year-to-date. 300 to 350 forecasted to be hired in 2017.

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34

JetBlue

No hiring reported in May, but at least 119 hired year-to-date. Interviewing twice per month in 2017. Classes for the interview date should be approximately 2 months after interview. Plans to hire 371 in 2017.

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11

Southwest Airlines

Hired 72 pilots in May and 366 year-to-date. Increased projected 2017 hiring by 19% to 784 pilots. Southwest pilots approved a new collective bargaining agreement.

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43

Spirit Airlines

Hired 38 pilots in May and 182 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

Hired 21 in May and 253 year-to-date. Next planned classes are in November with 58 new hires. 3 classes scheduled for the remainder of 2017: 2 in November and 1 in December. 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 May and 180 year-to-date. Expects to hire greater than 300 in 2017. UPS sent pilot recruiters to FAPA's Pilot Job Fair in LAS on April 21.

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