Jun 20, 2021 - Axios on HBO

United CEO: America could face a pilot shortage

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby tells "Axios on HBO" that America could be headed toward a pilot shortage, because "the military produces far fewer pilots today than they did ... in the Cold War era."

Why it matters: The U.S. travel industry is roaring back, with leisure air travel exceeding pre-pandemic levels, and now must protect itself from future disruptions.

  • United recently launched a program called Aviate Academy, which is designed to train new pilots.
  • It committed that 50% of each class will include women or people of color, two demographics that are underrepresented in today's commercial cockpits.

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