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American Airlines Plans to Hire 1,500 Pilots

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American plans to start recruiting new pilots this fall. It's already hiring 1,500 new flight attendants. (abcnews.go.com) More...

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murrayhill3
Jim Murray 2
When I started with Northwest Airlines in the fall of 1951, the oldest pilot, Leon "Deke" Delong, was approaching 65 and retired a year later on his 65th birthday. His last flights were piloting a DC-3 from MSP to YWG and back (the Yom Kipper Clipper). There was quite a ceremony on the ramp after his last flight. Shortly afterward an age limit of 60 years for all pilots was instituted. When NWA later ordered the Boeing-707, only pilots under 55 were permitted flight training for the new aircraft. That caused a bit of a ruckus. Age is relative, isn't it?
TXCAVU
Wonderful story. Thanks!
flyboy97222
Jason Rhew 1
two years from now it'll be american lays off 1500 as bankruptcy looms
tduggan2010
Tim Duggan 1
AAL (AMR Corp) is in BK now! They can't file again soon after emerging. And, these pilot openings are to be expected as older people are coming up for retirement.

*IF* the USAir merger does happen, that side of the fence also has a fairly large number reaching 60 (65, for those who continue under the onerous "new" rules).

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