Airline offers up to $187,000 in five-year bonuses to pilots as it opens new crew base
Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, announced that it will open a new crew base in May at Harrisburg International Airport in Lower Swatara Township.
“We are excited to add another crew base, first for the quality of life it provides for our pilots and flight attendants who choose to live there or commute, and second for the value that it adds to our operations,” Piedmont’s vice president of flight operations said. , Steve Keefer said in a press release. “Piedmont has taken on many new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, including expanded routes from Chicago, and our crews have performed flawlessly.”
Piedmont currently operates a fleet of aircraft from American Airlines hubs in Charlotte and Philadelphia.
Piedmont previously had a crew base at the airport, according to HIA spokesman Scott Miller.
Piedmont currently has a maintenance base and customer service team members at the airport and an offsite corporate presence in the Middletown area.
“The new Harrisburg base will start with just 10 flight lines and grow as the network warrants,” Piedmont President and CEO Eric Morgan said in the press release.
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Additionally, Piedmont plans to hire 400 pilots and 190 flight attendants in 2022. Piedmont plans to hire 60 crew members at HIA, according to Piedmont spokeswoman Crystal Byrd. Piedmont will hire a mix of pilots and flight attendants, she said.
Piedmont employees enjoy the same flight benefits as American Airlines staff members. Pilots hired this year will receive up to $187,000 in bonuses over five years, the company said. Piedmont flight attendants reached an agreement in principle on a new contract in January, which includes higher salaries, the airline said.
For more information on piloting opportunities, visit piedmont-airlines.com/pilots.
In other airline news on HIA, United Airlines launched a new route to Newark, New Jersey on Friday. The destination has been changed from Washington DC Officials say the Newark destination offers more connection options, which they say is a plus as international travel begins to return.
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