Monthly Archives: October 2011

US Airlines Work Force Rose 2% In April – DOT

U.S. airlines’ work force on a full-time equivalent basis increased 2% in April compared with a year earlier, the largest monthly increase so far in a year of tepid employment growth, according to the data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Airlines are enjoying a rebound in demand, but hiring had only increased slightly over the past four months as carriers cautiously added workers. Declines in air travel during the economic downturn took a heavy toll, forcing airlines to take steps to control costs, including layoffs. Total full-time equivalent employees …
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Virgin America Eyes Growth in Busy U.S. Markets

Virgin America, the high service, low-cost airline branded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, is accelerating growth and looking to take on bigger rivals in crowded U.S. markets. David Cush, Virgin America’s chief executive, told Reuters in an interview that the airline plans to expand capacity by 35 percent in 2012 and 10 percent in 2013. “We’ve had quite rapid growth and we’re picking up growth again,” Cush said, noting the 4-year-old company plans to operate 57 Airbus A320s by early 2013 compared with 35 now. Plans to grow even faster …
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Virgin Galactic Now Hiring Astronauts

Virgin Galactic is hiring for an out-of-this-world job that may be the first of its kind and marks a step forward in Virgin’s efforts to pioneer commercial space travel that will send tourists into space. A post on Virgin’s careers site notes that the company, which has ambitions to become the “world’s first private spaceline,” is hiring the first crop of “Pilot-Astronauts” that will work with Virgin’s WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo in Mojave, California, then at Virgin’s spaceline base in Spaceport America, located in New Mexico. Responsibilities include “flight planning activities,” …
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Demand for airline pilots set to soar

WATCH VIDEO: “Demand Fast Growing for Pilots” For as long as he can remember, Costas Sivyllis has dreamed of becoming a pilot. “There was no specific moment,” says Sivyllis, 20, a junior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. “I’ve grown up my whole life knowing this was it.” Sivyllis hardly could have picked a better time to enter his chosen profession, and he knows it. “I’m very excited about the future … because we’ve never really seen anything like this,” he says. After nearly a four-year drought of job openings, the airline …
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