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American Airlines announced Tuesday that it's recalling all of its pilots back to work and will resume hiring pilots this fall as demand for the once-lucrative industry continues to pick up.
All recalled pilots will return to "flying status" by the end of the summer, Vice President of Flight Operations Chip Long said in a memo obtained by FOX Business.
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The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier also intends to hire approximately 300 new pilots by the end of the year. In 2022, American plans to double that number.
"Recruiting, hiring and training a diverse group of professional aviators is our continued goal and will play an essential part in ensuring the success of our airline for years to come," Long said.
The return of its pilots and resumption of hiring efforts comes as the airline restores service to more than 15 markets served before the coronavirus pandemic.