MIAMI – The United States could soon be facing a pilot shortage. That’s the word from United Airlines (UA) CEO Scott Kirby yesterday in an interview with AXIOS on HBO. One main reason, Kirby says, is that the US military produces far fewer pilots today than it did during the Cold War.

Kirby made these comments on the heels of American Airlines (AA) canceling hundreds of flights through the next few weeks due in part to labor shortages.

Boeing 757 cockpit | Photo: Robert Dumitrescu/Airways

10,000 Pilots in 10 Years


To alleviate this problem, Kirby mentioned the recent launch of the airline’s Aviate Academy. UA hopes to train a new generation of pilots through the program and has committed to the idea of 50% of the program’s graduates be people of color and women.

United aims to hire more than 10,000 pilots in the next decade and have the largest fleet of wide-body aircraft in North America, offering new candidates opportunities to advance their careers within UA.


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