Southwest Airways is reportedly lowering the variety of hours potential pilots should have spent flying jets and different turbine-powered plane.
Whereas the airline had required candidates to have spent at the least 1,000 hours flying such plane, The Wall Avenue Journal mentioned Saturday that it’ll now take into account candidates with much less of that sort of expertise.
The outlet mentioned the change is about to enter impact Feb. 7, citing a message despatched to pilots this week.
The service reportedly has famous there was an elevated demand for extremely certified pilots throughout the trade.
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The pilot credentials listed on Southwest’s web site present 500 hours in a fixed-wing turbine plane are “most well-liked.”
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Southwest Airways instructed FOX Enterprise in an emailed assertion it had exceeded its 2022 hiring objective and was on an early monitor to fulfill its expanded 2023 objective.
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“Our sturdy and rigorous flight operations coaching program has not modified, and all present and future first officer candidates should cross all parts of the curriculum previous to flying for Southwest,” the airline mentioned. “As this recruiting change is aligned with hiring at or above FAA necessities, we’ll proceed choosing competitively-qualified, world-class aviators who exhibit intensive flight expertise, professionalism and Southwest’s values.”
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The Journal highlighted that Southwest is trying to increase its ranks by 1,700 pilots this yr.