CitationAir said yesterday that it has asked all of its remaining 32 pilots on furlough to return to work. The Greenwich, Conn.-based fractional provider placed 85 pilots on furlough in 2009 to right-size the business and be in line with customer demand during the economic recession, thereby cutting the company’s pilot force to 307 people.
As they start to see growing demand, fractional aircraft providers are beginning to recall furloughed pilots to fill cockpit vacancies. Last month, Cleveland-based Flight Options recalled eight furloughed pilots to fill open seats in its Citation X fleet.
As they start to see growing demand, fractional aircraft providers are beginning to recall furloughed pilots to fill cockpit vacancies. Yesterday, Cleveland-based Flight Options announced it is recalling eight furloughed pilots to fill open seats in its Citation X fleet. “We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the recall.
The FAA has concluded that two Boston Air Charter pilots were in violation of the FARs when they took off in their respective Cessna Citations from Norwood Memorial Airport (Mass.) on March 17, during which time the field was closed due to flooding. The pilots face a proposed 30-day suspension of their airman certificates.
A study released recently by Boeing predicts a need for 466,650 pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel worldwide over the next 20 years, with the Asia-Pacific region accounting for 180,000 and 220,000, respectively. China will experience the greatest need for pilots and maintenance personnel at 70,600 and 96,400, respectively.
According to Boeing, over the next 20 years there will be worldwide demand for 466,650 pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel. A Boeing spokesman told AIN the demand for trained personnel is based on new and replacement aircraft sales projected in the company’s Current Market Outlook 2010-2029. “The world’s airlines are going to be hiring more than 23,000 pilots and 30,000 maintenance technicians annually through 2029,” he said.
Business jet solutions provider CitationAir by Cessna early last month recalled 16 pilots from furlough, representing approximately 20 percent of those furloughed earlier last year. Meanwhile, 13 percent of pilots who were previously downgraded to first officer were promoted to captains. According to company CEO Steve O’Neill, the move came after a “significant uptick” in CitationAir’s jet management business.
Pinnacle Airlines and its pilots must head back to the bargaining table now that the airline’s ALPA-represented crewmembers failed to ratify tentative contract language fashioned after more than four years of bargaining. Pinnacle management offered pay raises, a signing bonus, job-security enhancements and work-rule improvements, incentives deemed insufficient by some 58 percent of the voting pilots.
After more than four years of contentious negotiation, Pinnacle Airlines has reached terms with the Air Line Pilots Association on a new tentative contract for its 1,282 pilots. Scheduled for a ratification vote this month, the new deal would give Pinnacle’s pilots their first pay raise in five years. ALPA said it would release details after legal review and finalization of the contract.
The first nine new pilots to complete NetJets Europe’s ab initio training program joined the company’s flight-crew roster in November and December, following their graduation from the UK’s Oxford Aviation Training course. A further 38 ab initio pilots are due to graduate this year, followed by 21 more next year.