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United Airlines CEO says 100 of its regional jets are grounded because of a pilot shortage

United Airlines CEO says 100 of its regional jets are grounded because of a pilot shortage
United Airlines aircraft at LAX.Cassiohabib/Shutterstock


United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said 100 planes are grounded because of a pilot shortage.




Kirby said in a Senate hearing that United can't fly to all the small communities it wants to due to the shortage.




Kirby and other airline executives said they're working on training more pilots.


United Airlines CEO, Scott Kirby, told legislators on Wednesday that 100 of its planes are grounded due to a shortage of pilots."There has been a looming pilot shortage for the last decade in the United States, and going through COVID it became an actual pilot shortage," Kirby said during a Senate hearing with other airline executives.The 100 regional aircraft are sitting idle "because there's not enough pilots to fly them," meaning that United can't fly to all of the smaller communities that it would like to, Kirby said."I'm a little less optimistic that that situation is going to reverse itself in the near term unless we do something to increase the supply of pilots," Kirby said.
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