United Airlines to initially hire 300 new pilots as travel demand rebounds
United, which has more than 12,000 pilots, will hire pilots who either had a new hire class date that was canceled or a 2020 conditional job offer. Congress in March approved a six-month extension of a government program that gives airlines significant payroll assistance.
Since September 2020, almost 1,000 United pilots have either retired or participated in voluntary leave programs but the airline said “the number of new pilots needed will be dependent on our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
United Chief Executive Scott Kirby said on a U.S. aviation summit on Wednesday that domestic leisure demand “has almost entirely recovered.”