Saw this in AW&ST the other day. Any chance JBLU's gonna start looking down on hiring furloughs from other majors?
Pilots in Demand
Aviation Week & Space Technology
08/22/2005, page 19
Continental Airlines is on a pilot hiring spree, topping the list of seven of the 15 U.S. major carriers that have added to crewmember ranks this summer. Continental hired 60 pilots in July and plans to hire an additional 60 this month, 44 in September and eight per week thereafter, based on a recent survey by FLTops.com, the pilot career web site. Two pilots recently recalled by Continental came from JetBlue Airways, which hired 32 pilots in July and plans to add 58 in August. Other carriers that are in the hiring mode are AirTran, FedEx, Southwest, UPS and Alaska.
I just thought it was an interesting turn of events whereby for a few years now the LCCs have been the Holy Grail of jobs to land, primarily due to perceived growth and stability (whatever that means in this industry), and frankly, because they were the only ones that were hiring. Now that one of the traditional Legacy carriers is hiring as stongly JBLU pilots appear willing to jump ship.
I'm not trying to talk down at all to jetBlue: my app is in and I'd love a chance to fly there for the simple reasons that they appear to be a well run company with better pay than my current employeer. I'm just wondering if when this industry does begin to turn a corner if you will begin to see more pilots leaving the LCCs as the Legacys begin to retake their place as ultimate career destination...
Probably not... the guys I knew who went to jetblue were young and were furloughed after only being hired at cal for a couple of months. After an upgrade at jetblue, what's to look forward to for the next twenty years? More airbus flying?
At least cal has got bigger equipment and better flying as your seniority accrues...
CAL is the only legacy airline hiring and will be the only one to hire for years to come. With NWA asking their pilots to furlough an additonal 1100, DL about to enter BK, AA with their 3,000 on the street, UAL with their 2200, and the bloodbath that's about to ensue at AWA-USAir, I think it's safe to say there will be no "corner" turned around anytime soon.