American Airlines says it will hire 1,500 new pilots over the next five years and offer jobs to the remaining pilots who are still furloughed.
American said Monday that it would begin posting the new jobs this week and hire 45 to 50 pilots per month through next summer. It has already started hiring 1,500 flight attendants.
Parent AMR Corp. is trying to merge with US Airways Group Inc. and exit from bankruptcy protection. The merger is being held up by an antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice. A trial is set to begin Nov. 25.
AMR CEO Tom Horton said in a letter to employees that the company was preparing for the trial but would remain open to discussions with the Justice Department regarding a settlement on appropriate terms.
Airlines have resumed hiring pilots in part because a large number are hitting a new mandatory retirement age of 65; it was raised from age 60 a little over five years ago. Also, new federal rules on crew rest could create the need for more pilots.
Philip Morris buys stake in company
Cigarette seller Philip Morris International is buying a 49 percent stake in Arab Investors-TA for $625 million.
Philip Morris International Inc., which sells brands including Marlboro overseas, said Monday that the transaction gives it a nearly 25 percent interest in the Société des Tabacs Algéro-Emiratie, a joint venture between Arab Investors-TA and Algerian state-owned Société Nationale des Tabacs et Allumettes SpA.
The Société des Tabacs Algéro-Emiratie makes and distributes Philip Morris Marlboro and L&M brands under a license.
Philip Morris International views Algeria as a key region for possible future growth.
Delta pilots to get Microsoft tablets
Delta Air Lines plans to buy 11,000 Microsoft Surface 2 tablets for its pilots to replace the heavy bundles of books and maps they haul around now.
Other airlines, including American and United, have been buying Apples iPad for that purpose.
Delta says the Surface tablets will save it $13 million per year in fuel and other costs. Right now, each pilot carries a 38-pound flight bag with manuals and maps.
Delta plans to test the tablets on its Boeing 757s and 767s. The airline is hoping for Federal Aviation Administration approval next year to use the tablets throughout a flight, and it hopes to be using the devices on all of its other planes by the end of next year.
One reason Delta picked a Microsoft device was that its easier to give pilots separate sections for company and personal use, said Steve Dickson, Deltas senior vice president for flight operations.
Jefferson Pointe eatery to hire 140
Tucanos Brazilian Grill at Jefferson Pointe is seeking to fill 140 full-, part-time and seasonal positions.
The restaurant, which features Rio de Janeiro-inspired Brazilian churrasco cuisine, will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday at the shopping mall in suite K3, across from Carmike movie theater.
Officials are looking to hire for various positions, according to a statement Monday. Applicants must complete an online application and be prepared to interview at the job fair. To apply, visit www.tucanos.com.