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One of the newest airlines in the US is tackling the pilot shortage by paying them more and hiring from Australia

One of the newest airlines in the US is tackling the pilot shortage by paying them more and hiring from Australia
The inaugural flight of David Neeleman's Breeze Airways.Thomas Pallini/Insider


Breeze Airways is one of many airlines bracing for the global shortage of pilots as air travel ramps up.




The startup airline is looking to fill about 280 open pilot spots as more aircraft are delivered.A 




Hourly pilot wages are being increased and Australian nationals can also fly for Breeze under the E-3 visa program.


The airline industry is returning to normal, and that means once again contending with a global shortage of pilots.Airlines moved quickly to lean their pilot workforce's but hiring at many airlines has restarted and for others, it never ended. Regional airlines and new startups in particular have been feeling the crunch.Breeze Airways, the startup airline launched by JetBlue Airways founder David Neeleman, has been steadily hiring pilots throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and is expanding its efforts as it grows its fleet of aircraft.A About 280 pilot spots need to be filled for Breeze's Embraer E190, Embraer E195, and Airbus A220 aircraft, and the airline is pulling out all the stops to attract talent.A 
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