Airline Pilots

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United Airlines said on Tuesday it wants women and people of color to make up at least half of the 5,000 pilots it plans to train this decade at its new flight school, a push to diversify a career traditionally dominated by white men.

The announcement comes as U.S. airlines resume pilot hiring halted last year during the pandemic and as they find themselves in the crosshairs of politically charged issues involving race.

Kimberly Redmond | |

United Airlines plans to hire about 300 pilots, a sign that the pandemic-ravaged industry is hopeful that a recent rebound in bookings will continue.

On Thursday, CNBC reported the Chicago-based airline told staff it will start hiring pilots, a process put on hold last year after the coronavirus outbreak caused travel demand to plummet to historic lows.