* Plan calls for hiring 40-to-50 pilots a month
* August revenue, profit improves from year ago
Sept 30 American Airlines plans to hire 1,500
pilots over the next five years as it expands international
flying and takes delivery of new planes, the carrier said on
The AMR Corp unit, which has been operating under
Chapter 11 protection since late 2011 and is looking to emerge
from bankruptcy by merging with US Airways Group Inc,
said it will post open jobs Oct. 1 and start training in winter.
The Fort Worth-based company said its plans call for hiring
and training 40 to 50 pilots a month beginning this winter.
The airline is also in the process of hiring and training 1,500
new flight attendants.
The hiring reflects operational needs, projected retirements
and new Federal Aviation Administration rules requiring
increased experience and rest for pilots, American Airlines said
in a statement. The planned merger has no bearing on the hiring
plans, a spokesman added.
"While this is welcome news for our pilot families, we
continue to believe the core ingredient in creating pilot job
security and hiring is in developing a network that can compete
with Delta, United and Southwest by merging with US Airways,"
said Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association
union that represents American's pilots.
AMR Chief Executive Officer Tom Horton said the carrier was
still open to talks to settle the U.S. Justice Department
lawsuit that seeks to block the merger with US Airways
. A federal judge will hear the case without a
jury in November and decide whether the merger can go forward.
Demand for pilots is rising. Earlier this month, United
Continental Holdings said it would call back nearly 600
pilots currently on furlough. United, which has more than 12,000
pilots, added that no pilots would be on furlough following its
American Airlines, which has renegotiated plane leases, cut
management and frozen pension plans to lower costs in Chapter
11, also reported improved financial results on Monday for the
month of August.
Revenue rose 7 percent in the month to $2.34 billion from
August 2012. Net income was $71 million for the month, compared
with a net loss of about $82 million a year ago. Excluding
reorganization expenses and special items, August earnings were
$165 million, up from $56 million last year.