April 07, 2007

US Airways is calling back laid-off pilots, attendants

TEMPE, Ariz. - US Airways Group Inc. said yesterday that it plans to recall 26 pilots from April through December to serve as first officers on 100-seat aircraft that the carrier is adding to serve smaller markets.

US Airways also intends to call back about 90 laid-off flight attendants to fill vacancies caused by attrition, spokesman Philip Gee said. The flight-attendant recalls aren’t related to the growing fleet of Embraer 190 jets, he said.

The airline has three Embraer 190s and will add five more this year as it builds to a fleet of 25. US Airways has said it will decide by the end of April whether to order 60 larger aircraft valued at almost

$5 billion from Boeing Co. or Airbus SAS to replace aging planes that cost more to operate.

US Airways said that the pilot recalls are in addition to its January announcement that it would call back as many as 274 pilots during this year’s first half.

Source: www.journalnow.com

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