BOEING HIRES ITS OWN PILOTS TO SMOOTH RETURN OF 737
Aerospace giant Boeing is reportedly hiring 160 pilots to be embedded at airlines in a bid to help the 737 Max return to smooth service.
The new “Global Engagement Pilots” will act as instructors or cockpit observers on 35-day assignments.
The planes were grounded worldwide in March 2019 following two deadly crashes that killed 346 people.
Brazil’s Gol recently became the first airline to resume commercial flights with the model.
The move is part of a broader programme to support customers on all Boeing commercial models.
The pilots will be paid an equivalent annual salary that could reach $200,000, for a total potential cost of $32m, according to Reuters news agency.
Pilots in the programme must have 1,000 hours of instructor experience and “no incidents, accidents, losses or violations,” and be licensed on the 737 and other Boeing jetliners.