Discount Airlines Continue to Hire Pilots
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Discount airlines continue to hire new pilots to satisfy their continuing strong growth. In many cases, they have reduced their flight-hour requirements for first officer hiring, allowing more pilots with lower levels of experience to be hired and jump-start their careers.
JetBlue plans to increase its capacity 28% to 30% this year as it takes delivery of 35 new planes; the airline's growth will be primarily domestic, with a greater focus on short-to-medium-haul flights, the company said in a recent Wall Street Journal article. Southwest, which has remained consistently profitable as a domestic-only airline, is planning on an 8% expansion this year.
Newer planes mean an airline can expand by flying more hours without the cost of running older aircraft. A newer fleet is also typically more fuel-efficient, saving additional dollars.
Phoenix East Aviation Inc
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