CitationAir, a subsidiary of Cessna Aircraft Company, announced that it sent recall notices to all of the pilots it had placed on furlough during the economic downturn according to a company press release.
CitationAir furloughed 85 pilots in 2009 in response to a rapid decline in customer demand during the recession, subsequently cutting CitationAir’s active pilot group down to 307 pilots. With the announcement made today, all of the company’s furloughed pilots have been offered a recall. Of those 85 pilots, 53 have returned to CitationAir, bringing the company’s pilot force up to 334. Now that recall notices have been sent, and accepted or declined by the furloughed pilots, CitationAir can begin to hire new pilots to replace those who have not returned.
“CitationAir has made strides in the past couple of years not only to survive the recession, but to grow the business afterward—a feat of which we’re very proud,” CEO Steve O’Neill said. “In doing so, CitationAir is the only company in the private jet marketplace to have offered a recall to 100 percent of its pilots after a furlough. Our ability to offer a recall to all of our furloughed pilots is just one of many examples of how much we honor our workforce, our company, and the value we’re able to provide our customers.”
Recalling their pilots is one of several major steps CitationAir has taken over the past few years to endure and recover during and after the economic downturn. The company reorganized and conducted an award-winning rebranding campaign in 2009, added more programs to its customer offerings in 2010 and 2011, and will announce several expansion plans later this year.
CitationAir began as a fractional ownership company in 2000 called CitationShares and sold only fractional shares of Citation aircraft. It rebranded itself in 2009, and no longer requires customers to be fractional owners.