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(Reuters)   American Airlines to hire 1,500 pilots over the next five years. Company says they need the extra pilots to relieve the ones who spend more than eight hours a day waiting on the tarmac   (reuters.com) divider line 6
    More: Spiffy, American Airlines, Americans, original, AMR Corp., United Continental Holdings, pension plans  
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2013-10-02 10:37:59 AM  
Contestant 1: I will open the bidding at $32k a year salary for these 1,500 new pilots, Bob.
Contestant 2: (looks at crowd) I will bid $10 an hour and max 29 hours a week to avoid paying healthcare
Contestant 3: I will bid $28k starting salaries, claim I cannot find pilots, then apply for H1B visas
Contestant 4: $1 Bob.

Bob: ...and the winner is contestant #4, come on down.
 
2013-10-02 11:40:37 AM  

Hyjamon: Contestant 1: I will open the bidding at $32k a year salary for these 1,500 new pilots, Bob.
Contestant 2: (looks at crowd) I will bid $10 an hour and max 29 hours a week to avoid paying healthcare
Contestant 3: I will bid $28k starting salaries, claim I cannot find pilots, then apply for H1B visas
Contestant 4: $1 Bob.

Bob: ...and the winner is contestant #4, come on down.


For an 80 hour work month, $32k sounds pretty good to me, not to mention it comes with full medical , retirement and annual raises.
 
2013-10-02 12:05:23 PM  
Can we just outsource this to Mexicans?
 
2013-10-02 12:20:38 PM  
Most of those hires will come from Eagle, because they have a flow-through program with the mothership, so in reality American Eagle will be hiring (or Sky West if they get rid of Eagle in the bankruptcy and contract it out).

It's going to get interesting in the next few years. Training requirements have gone way up for a new RJ pilot, the salaries still suck, so student pilots are down. The RJ guys with a lot of experience are going to leave for the majors because a lot of those guys are retiring, leaving a big hole in the regional flying.

What would help is some sort of subsidized training program like British Airways has implemented, but you'll never see that in the US. Better to let guys go six figures in debt for an $19k/year job flying regional jets.
 
2013-10-02 02:40:22 PM  
So the next thing the Monday-morning quarterbacks will tell us non-STEMers we should've gotten a degree in is Aviation?
 
2013-10-02 04:29:38 PM  
You mean to tell me all the Vietnam war pilots are retiring around this point in time?  NO WAI
 
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