Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines plans to bring 42 pilots back to
work off furlough this month, a sign of further recovery in the airline
Atlanta-based ASA is recalling the pilots as it adds four CRJ-700 aircraft to its fleet,
which now includes 160 aircraft.
But the airline won’t be bringing all of its furloughed pilots back to work yet. It
grounded 136 last year amid the economic downturn, which dampened travel
demand. As a Delta Connection carrier, ASA was affected by Delta’s cutbacks in
“Atlantic Southeast will continue working to find more opportunities for growth so that
we can get all our furloughed pilots back flying with us as soon as possible,”
Brad Holt, president of the airline, said in a written statement. The airline
has about 1,600 pilots, and they are represented by the Air Line Pilots
Association. Furloughs are based on seniority.
Atlanta-based Delta is also hiring 300 pilots. And Comair, a Delta Connection carrier and Delta subsidiary, is recalling at least 70 pilots and 40 flight attendants who
had been furloughed.