American Airlines’s (AMR Corp) American Eagle hired more than 500 pilots in 2007, which is approximately 20% of its total 3,000 pilots. About 170 pilots were also called back up to American Airlines, and about 30 pilots each month found left American Eagle. That has left American Eagle hustling to hire new pilots directly from flight schools.
The pilot shortage was a contributing factor in some flight cancellations in 2007. As a result, Eagle has lowered its minimum requirements to 600 hours total flying time (it was 800 hours), and the airline says it will also consider pilot candidates with only 500 hours.
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