NetJets To Hire Pilots

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If the fractional industry's 800-lb. gorilla is bulking up by hiring new pilots, is that good or bad for the rest of the industry? No, we don't have the answer -- yet -- but we might by the end of the year. NetJets Aviation said last week that it plans to hire some 450 additional pilots in 2006 -- an increase of 19% over its current flight crew complement. According to the company, the new hires will meet the increased demands of the company's apparently growing fractional aircraft operation. Presently, the NetJets fleet consists of more 420 aircraft, which flew more than 300,000 flights to over 140 countries in 2005.

“NetJets employs the world's best pilots,” said Gary Hart, vice president of flight operations and director of operations for NetJets. “We are looking for dynamic individuals who have the technical skills and training necessary to join our growing team.” The new pilots will have home bases at Columbus International Airport (Ohio), Teterboro Airport (N.J.), West Palm Beach International Airport (Fla.), Los Angeles International Airport (Calif.), and Dallas Love Field (Texas). Pilots interested in applying should visit the company's Web site for more information. In 2005, NetJets announced a new labor agreement resulting in salaries among the highest in the industry.